60 Seconds With… Neighbourhood Youth

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60 Seconds With… Neighbourhood Youth


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
The band’s name is Neighbourhood Youth. My name is John Philip, and I sing and play guitar.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
I find it really hard to answer this question. We’ve been told we sound like The White Lies, The Maccabees, and TV On The Radio, but we get new comparisons all the time.

What do you love about making music?
We’re always trying to make music that we would enjoy listening to. It’s a huge bonus for us when other people like it as well.

What do you hate about the music industry?
Gimmicky music that overshadows real, talented musicians.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Well it’s not really going back in time, but I’d love to have a sit down with Chris Taylor from Grizzly Bear. He’s an awesome musician and a sweet producer, and I’d love to pick his brains and give him a back massage.

If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it be and why?
Big Freedia… he/she scared all of us way too much at Meredith.

What can a punter expect from your live show?
Well, we’re pretty awful to look at, but our songs are nice I guess.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
Our brand new double A-side for $2, or whatever spare change people have in their pockets.

When’s the gig and with who?
We’re launching our single, Stone, on Thursday March 15 at the Workers Club, with our friends Private Life and The Red Lights.

Anything else to add?
Head to our Unearthed page, and download our songs for free. See you on the 15th!