Psych-garage rockers The Neighbourhood Strange came pounding onto the scene in 2016. Their intentions were pretty clear from the get-go: throw punk, 60s nostalgia and psychedelic chaos into a melting pot with fuzzy guitars and wild vocals, then let the good times roll.
Their first single "The Neighbourhood Strange" proved an infectious rock 'n' roll introduction, which led to instant gratification from 6music's Steve Lamacq, as well as a rave review in Shindig magazine. After honing their sound on the live scene with shows supporting the likes of Carlton Melton, this gang of mind benders are back with a double A-side single, set for release on 17th March 2017.
"Let's Get High" sees the band offering more tenacious rock 'n' roll madness. The ballsy howls of singer Marcus Turner have the loose, wild qualities of Iggy Pop, while moody guitar licks from Mark Featch delightfully echo sounds of mid-'60s California.
On the flip side, "One Last Chance" sees the band take their feet off the gas without losing their groove. There's more of a 90s feel here, with guitars and organ giving shades of The Charlatans. But its real charm is in the dynamic. The verses are relaxed, seeing Turner take a Lou Reed-style walk on the wild side, and as soon as he comes off the mic, the band are right there with thunderous support.
Drummer Will Kozak called on long-time friend Olly Betts (of Duke Spirit fame) to produce the single at his Crow's Nest studio in London. Will recalled the session: "We recorded live, as an exposed electric wire, and the magic just kind of happened."
With an album due before the year's out and a summer tour in the pipeline, we only hope The Neighbourhood Strange are coming to a town near you, so you can don your shiny boots of leather and cut loose to a band who craft the perfect soundtrack for late night escapades.