I thought the hoards of screaming teenage girls who I encountered at one of The Neighbourhood's London gigs last year would've scared me off for good, but with the release of 'R.I.P. 2 My Youth', the first single from sophomore album Wiped Out!, the Californian band have managed to maintain my interest.
Whilst it's safe to say I don't have much in common with the band's primary fan base, the new track remains true to the R&B infused indie music that first won me over back in 2012, and also exhibits the catchiest parts of The Weeknd's recent output. The Hype Williams directed music video is in keeping with their trademark-but-somewhat-pointless monochrome aesthetic, and frontman Jesse Rutherford is seen to be doing his best Kurt Cobain impression, at least physically and not vocally.
The Neighbourhood may never be my favourite band, but they are a welcome guilty pleasure.
Wiped Out! is due out on 30th October via Columbia Records.