Will there be an American One Direction?
Is there a Yank band on the hunk horizon, that might rival the fanatical fanbase of Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis, and Zayn?
If so, some in the music biz are saying it might be The Neighbourhood, a five-guy boy-band out of California.
They first appeared in 2012, rockin’ the Web with their debut track, “Female Robbery,” then dropped their maiden LP, “I Love You,” in 2013.
The Neighourhood share at least one thing with the guys in One Direction — they’re on the same recording label — but they’re as different from 1D as night and day.
The band’s frontman, Jesse Rutherford, described the band’s sound to Digital Spy.
“It can be cool and dark and moody,” he said. “But it can also be like, ‘You’re being a little bit**, get over it.’ That’s just how the fu** I am…I’m up and down. Our manager was watching us play the other night and he was like, ‘Are you all good?’ and I was like, ‘I dunno, man, I guess I’m just moody.’ And that’s how it comes out sometimes.”
The Neighourhood’s look is totally black and white — in fact, they’ve refused to appear on TV, unless they’re filmed in black and white. Jesse explained why:
“It’s important to stick to something,” he said. “[The black and white thing] was one defining thing for us, where we were like, ‘We’re gonna do that, we’re gonna keep it.’ People will look at it and go, ‘Wow, that’s cool! That’s The Neighbourhood’s thing!’
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“We’re from happy, sunny, blue skies California,” he added, “with beautiful weather all the time. Music is a release of some sort, and I think our music is a cool outlet to get out the bullsh**. It just feels better, to make darker songs.”
What do you Directioners think?
Do The Neighbourhood stand a snowball’s chance in hell, of being the American One Direction?
Or are they just another band of popstar posers?