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It’s been said that most of us stop listening to new music — especially by new bands — when we turn 25. And by the time we’re 40 we are hopelessly behind the Zeitgeist when it comes to the Latest Thing. So, how about a quick tutorial to make you cool with your kids on one of the hottest new sounds on the pop charts — courtesy of my son, Tad?
Tad is a fifth-generation journalist who is currently a student at Santa Clara U. after spending a couple years at Oxford working on his A-levels. He wrote his first columns for ABC News at the age of 15, and is a reporter for the local Silicon Valley weekly. However, this is his first feature for a national site (the article is, as you might expect, a bit NSFW).
The Neighbourhood, the band at the heart of this article, is currently one of the hottest acts around — especially after the success of its exquisite (“alt-noir,” as Tad calls it) “Sweater Weather” a couple summers ago. A few months after that song hit the charts, I answered a phone call from Brandon Fried, Tad’s childhood friend. He asked me to pass along the news that he’d dropped out of college, was currently driving home down Highway 5, was joining a band called The Neighbourhood — and would be playing a Grammy concert the next night and leaving on a UK tour the following morning.
It seems that sometimes rock’n’roll dreams still come true. As still do, apparently, the dreams of young freelance writers.Published in