This week’s Audacy Alternative Pick of the Week is The Neighbourhood's "Stargazing."
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About The Neighbourhood:
If you escape from your world, you have the chance to possibly make it a little bit better upon your return. Instead of stealing away to some remote locale or exotic hideaway, The Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford escaped to a different place. In his case, retreat happened inward where Chip Chrome resides. Under silver paint and flaunting glistening diamond grills, he introduces himself on The Neighbourhood’s fourth full-length album, ChipChrome & The Mono-Tones.
Big questions remain... Is this still The Neighbourhood?
Are Chip and frontman Jesse Rutherford the same person?
And, what is next?
“I wanted to speak in a different way with music,” explains Jesse. “At the end of the day, I’ve been trying to figure out what it really means. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to put it into words—even though it’s supposed to be my job with the lyrics. Chip helped me find that voice. He’s the best leader I could be for this project, for the boys, and for my friends. The Mono-Tones are the voices in my head that are always there. They can be a bit haunting and keep me up at night, but I trust their taste. In the same way I want to make the guys happy, I want to make the fans happy. To do that, I shut everything out, sat alone, found what makes me happy, and discovered my voice. The funny thing is it takes the piss out of being so serious. I don’t want to be brooding. A lot of these songs are based on major chords, so it might be a happier version of The Neighbourhood.”