The Neighbourhood's new album is here.
As of Friday, fans can fully enter the new world of Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones, the followup to their 2018 release Hard To Imagine The Neighbourhood Ever Changing. As we previously mentioned, this new project finds frontman Jesse Rutherford fully transforming into the title character Chip Chrome, with the band as The Mono-Tones.
The concept was initially introduced in their 2019 song "Middle of Somewhere," but the band only weeks ago revealed it was actually the next stage of The Neighbourhood, with the characters opening the door for an evolution in their sound and image—literally.
"I wanted to speak in a different way with music," says Rutherford. "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."
He continues: "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."
Hear the album below.