Five Things: The Neighbourhood

From an Asian restaurant chain to Rick Ross and the LA Kings – Los Angeles buzz band The Neighbourhood talk us through the inspiration behind their debut album I Love You. The quintet recently toured the US with The Temper Trap and were one of the most talked about bands at Coachella earlier this month. ‘Sweater Weather’, featuring the moody vocals of Jesse Rutherford, is their new single.

PF Changs (US restaurant chain)

We had a stint during the recording process where we ate at PF Changs an obscene amount. It was great while recording, but it burned all of us out on it pretty soon afterward. It was almost our designated “business meeting” area. We always had major talks about the record there.

Pacific Coast Highway

When recording the record for the first month in Santa Monica, California, we took PCH there everyday. We knew it would take a little longer than the [highway] 405, but it was a time where we could roll the windows down, blast some music, and get fully prepared and inspired to hit the studio each and every day.

Maybach Music Group (record label)

We had a ritual pretty much every day to blast Meek Mill or Rick Ross on our way to the studio. It would get all of us pretty pumped and in the mood to go record. It wasn’t exclusively MMG, but there was a period of time where ‘Dreamchasers 2’ and ‘Rich Forever’ occupied the majority of the playlist.

LA Kings (ice hockey team)

Watching the Kings during the regular season and playoffs was always a nice little break from recording. even though everyone in the band isn’t really into sports, it’s a bonding moment when we would all sit down and watch a game. For it to be the year they won the Stanley Cup was just an added bonus.

4th Street

We’ve recorded pretty much exclusively at this studio on 4th Street in Santa Monica that has become such an inspiration. the vibe there is so great, & it’s so close to 3rd street where you can find street performers and all this life. and it has it’s own personality. it’s become a place (since the recording of the ep) where we’ve felt comfortable and sure of ourselves; a place where our songs & us as people have grown.

The Neighbourhood’s I Love You is out tomorrow (April 26) through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.