Use the sleeves on my sweaterThe Neighbourhood is an American (yes, American) Alternative Rock group formed in August 2011. They're known for their moody, often dark songs, and their black, white, and gray aesthetics in their music videos and albums.
Let's have an adventure
Head in the clouds but my gravity's centered
Let's have an adventure
Head in the clouds but my gravity's centered
— "Sweater Weather"
- Jesse Rutherford (lead vocals) 2011-Present
- Jeremy Freedman (guitars) 2011-Present
- Zach Abels (guitars) 2011-Present
- Mikey Margott (bass) 2011-Present
- Brandon Fried (drums) 2011-Present
- Bryan Sammis (drums) 2011-2014
The Neighbourhood Discography
- I'm Sorry... (2012)
- Thank You, (2012)
- I Love You. (2013)
- The Love Collection (2013)
- #000000 & #FFFFFF (2013)
- Wiped Out! (2015)
- HARD (2017)
Tropes related to The Neighbourhood:
- Bad Dreams: "Staying Up""I don't have dreams
I just have nightmares."
- Being Watched: "Everybody's Watching Me (Uh-Oh)", which is this trope either on a literal level or as a metaphor for fame.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: "W.D.Y.W.F.M.?" is about a relationship with one, who apparently "took control" before the singer could break up with her.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Their album artwork and their music videos.
- Destructive Romance: "Ferrari":"You and I are two oceans apart
We're on earth to break each others hearts"
- Disappeared Dad: Implied in "R.I.P. 2 My Youth". "Tell my sister don't cry and don't be sad / I'm in paradise with Dad."
- And outright stated in "Daddy Issues", which is about Jesse and a girl bonding over their shared issues with their dads.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "How".
- Everyone Went to School Together
- False Friend: The singer's friends in "Afraid" always lie to him... maybe.
- Fan Community Nickname: Fans (and the band itself) generally call the fan community "hoodlums".
- Fun with Acronyms: Averted by "W.D.Y.W.F.M?", which stands for "What Do You Want From Me?", but does not spell a word itself.note
- Growing Up Sucks: "R.I.P. 2 My Youth", which compares growing up to dying.
- And "Alleyways", which is about growing up and realizing that you've lost part of himself along the way.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: The drums of "R.I.P. 2 My Youth" turn into the rhythm of a heartbeat, which fades away at the end of the song.
- Hope Is Scary: "Cry Baby", which is about the singer struggling not fall in love again after being hurt before, but eventually deciding that if they both admit their feelings things will work out in the end.
- Idiosyncratic Cover Art: All of their album artworks feature a symbol consisting of an upside-down house, save for the "Sweater Weather" single.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Their first two EPs, I'm Sorry... and Thank You, and their first studio album, I Love You., are all simple, common phrases people speak to each other in everyday life, followed by punctuation.
- The Insomniac: "Staying Up" is about one, who can't sleep because all the bad dreams he has, and the fear that there's something out there.
- Intercourse with You: "A Little Death".
- "Sweater Weather", although not entirely about it.
- Just Friends: "The Beach" is about the singer struggling with whether to tell a close friend of his that he has romantic feelings for her.
- Letters 2 Numbers: "R.I.P. 2 My Youth".
- Love Hurts: "Prey", where getting a Relationship Upgrade just made things worse. "It all hurts, it all hurts just the same."
- Loving a Shadow: In "Flawless", the singer falls in love with a girl because she was 'flawless', and found out once they were in a relationship that he couldn't love her because (being a person) she wasn't perfect.
- Lucky Charms Title: "$ting"
- Lyrical Dissonance: While most of their songs sound upbeat, their lyrics are often anything but, often talking about Sanity Slippage or worry.
- Missing Mom: In "Baby Came Home 2", instead of the usual Disappeared Dad. "Mommy's gone and Daddy's doing his best."
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Most of their songs are around a 5 to a 7.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Many of their songs are around a 2 to a 4.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They're an alternative rock band heavily influenced by electronica, R&B, psychedelic rock and pop.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Female Robbery", "Sweater Weather", and "Baby Came Home 2 / Valentines".
- Obsession Song: In "Baby Came Home", the singer gets more and more possessive of the girl he's involved with, repeating "She's mine, she's mine" even after she tells him to stay away.
- One Steve Limit: They chose to spell "The Neighbourhood" the British way so they wouldn't be confused with "The Neighborhood", an already existing band who spelled it the American way.
- Parental Abandonment: Jesse's father left his family and then died, which is a theme in several of their songs.
- Poke the Poodle: When Bryan was asked what the most despicable thing he'd even done was, he reluctantly admitted that... he'd once graffitied stick figures and smiley faces on a park.note CDM: Smiley faces are pretty despicable.
BRYAN: Yeah, Iím super hardcore.
- Precision F-Strike: "Afraid", "Alleyways", "W.D.Y.W.F.M.?" and "Flawless". Like CHVRCHES and The 1975, while iTunes gives "Afraid" an "EXPLICIT" tag, they don't for any other song.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "Afraid" and "Female Robbery".
- Sequel Song: Subverted. "Baby Came Home 2" doesn't have any connection to the earlier song "Baby Came Home".
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In "R.I.P. 2 My Youth":"I was naive and hopeful and lost
Now I'm aware and driving my thoughts"
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Jesse.
- Song Style Shift: After the second chorus, "Sweater Weather" suddenly stops in its tracks and comes back with a slower sound.
- Speaking Like Totally Teen: All of them, really, but Jesse especially.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Despite being an American band, their band name is spelled the English way, with a "u".
- Stalker Without a Crush: The kidnappers in "Female Robbery" "Went everywhere I go / Walked into the store right behind me / Stood in line right beside me and followed me to my home".
- Stockholm Syndrome: The singer doesn't want the police to save him from the kidnappers in "Female Robbery".
- Tattoo as Character Type: Jesse and his girlfriend in "Baby Came Home 2", who "Got our names tattooed on each other / Just to prove to each other / That we'd do what we said."
- Textless Album Cover: I Love You.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: It's difficult to tell what's the truth in "Afraid", and how much is the singer's paranoia and anxiety talking.
- The immensely ominous music of "Female Robbery" definitely implies that the someone really should call the police, even though the singer says not to and that he knows he'll be fine.
- The Stoner: Their three essentials on the tour bus include: weed, water, and wi-fi.
- Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: "Greetings From California":"Handcuffed and I thought of you
Made love and I thought of you
My Daddy died and I just thought of you"
- Your Cheating Heart: "Baby Came Home", which is about a girl cheating on her boyfriend with the singer; it's left ambiguous as to whether she stays with her boyfriend after she ends things with the singer, or if she leaves altogether.