They haven’t covered magazines, been followed by paparazzi, had the public scrutinize who they’re wearing on a red carpet or been the focus of illuminating editorial spreads.
“I don’t think we think of ourselves as anything in particular,” singer Dan Smith says. “We don’t see ourselves as a rock band. We don’t see ourselves as a pop band.”
One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.
“Once I heard the production and the direction that we went with on this song, it inspired me and everyone on my team of this new sound.”
“Babyface and I have an album coming up, February 4, it’s called ‘Love, Marriage and Divorce.’ It’s about relationships and the irony of that is that I was going to retire and I was not going to do music anymore.”
“The GRAMMYs actually heard the song and they stepped up right beside me, saying, ‘Hey, we hear you. We get it. We’re with you.”
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The Neighbourhood have dreams of getting their music to an endless sea of faces, but not just for the fame and fortune. It’s more the idea of wanting to share the love.
It’s a moody anthem that serves as the closing song on his 2013 album’ Two Lanes of Freedom.’ McGraw was drawn to it’s “timeless” quality.
“When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for ‘Merry Go ‘Round’ because I’m out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with. I’m really glad that was my first thing to say to the world.”