Whether it was learning to play their instruments while writing their first album Community Protected, or stumbling through the production of their second record Goodbye Childhood, Toronto’s The Neighbourhood Watch loves to grow alongside their music.
“Focus Up,” the first single to be shared from their forthcoming new record, Lost in Bloom, is about how it can be hard to keep friendships intact as you grow up and need to make selfish decisions more often.
We make music about growing up. With “Focus Up,” we learned that age can make someone ruthless.
It can be difficult to keep friendships intact as we grow. With more responsibility, comes the need to make more selfish decisions. “Focus Up” was written after my best friend made a choice that broke my heart. I don’t blame him though. He had to do what was right for him.
My favourite lyric is the second line: “Listening to John and you.” I’m talking about listening to John Coltrane and my friend’s SoundCloud in one whiskey-fueled listening session. It reminds me of him, and Montreal.
The song is higher energy. It’ll help you pick up the pace. It’s great for walking or biking through Montreal on a grey day. It’ll help you get where you’re going.
Musically, we’re definitely trying something new. So much of how we create power in our music is with a big vocal performance in the chorus. We went down a different track this time. We threw a bunch of vocal layers under Tristan’s voice, and brought the energy up with some horns. It was a fun foray into raising the stakes in terms of our production, not just songwriting.
“Focus Up” was the natural first single for our upcoming album. It’s easy to play and we have fun with it. We started every band practice with it because this song gave us confidence and got us into the music. Hopefully it’ll do the same for you.
Based in Toronto, The Neighbourhood Watch have spent the last three years riding on beginner’s luck. Whether it was learning to play their instruments while writing their first album Community Protected, or stumbling through the production of their second record Goodbye Childhood, the Neighbourhood Watch love to grow alongside their music. In their latest record, Lost in Bloom, the band pairs melody-driven songwriting with ambitious arrangements to tell a story about abandoning arrogance, resenting the people we loved, and being scared of growing up.
Tristan Surman (Vocals, Rythm Guitar), Tyler Moretti (Piano) Thom Elgie (Bass), Ethan Surman (Lead Guitar, Backup Vocals), Wyeth Robertson (Drums, Guitar)
The Neighbourhood Watch – Focus Up
The Neighbourhood Watch