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The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather": Not Really About Sweaters

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

Now that it's November, it's definitely sweater weather, but if you think The Neighbourhood ’s hit single by that name is about two people innocently sharing the warmth of a cozy pullover, you'd be wrong.  Lead singer Jesse Rutherford says that, while people can interpret the lyrics any way they want, the track is really about, well, y'know...doing it.

“I guess it’s about sex, but I wasn’t really thinking about that at the time," Jesse tells ABC News Radio. "I was just trying to be as descriptive as possible. I think with lyrics…you have a chance to really make people use more than just their hearing ability, and it feels nice to be able to feel things throughout a song. So I just tried to make things tangible.” 

Well, that would explain lyrics like, "One love, two mouths/One love, one house/No shirt, no blouse" and, "The goose bumps start to raise
The minute that my left hand meets your waist."

After doing well on the rock charts “Sweater Weather” is now a bona fide pop hit, and Jesse says that crossing over to more than one musical genre has been the band's goal all along.

“When we started, there was a void that needed to be filled in music,” he explains.  "[We wanted to] bridge…hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock kinda together…but do it properly and respectfully.” 

The Neighbourhood, who toured with Imagine Dragons earlier in the year, will wrap up dates in support of their debut album I Love You in mid December.  Visit TheNBHD.com to view the full itinerary.

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