The Neighbourhood Overview
Two different Sweater Weather videos:
Jesse: The first one, somebody sued us for so we couldn’t keep that one up. So uh we made a new one…yeah there was some bullshit. NO it was good that we made a new one because it was at the right time of our musical journey/career whatever you want to call it because we hadn’t been in any of the other videos so it was time for us to, I guess, present ourselves. And it just worked out right
Mikey: What better way than with Sweater Weather.
Jesse: It started with me and the two guys that aren’t in this interview right now – but me Zack and Jeremy. We started together and then we added these guys on just because they knew how to play music and they were really close friends of ours…
Brian: And we’re really good looking.
Brian: We released our first song on the internet a little over a year ago. So I think that’s when we were ready to say, “World, we are a band.”… I was in college.
Mikey: Yeah I was still in high school. So when they asked me to join the band, that’s all I wanted to do, so I just joined.
Brian: You should’ve dropped out though. That would’ve been way cooler.
Jesse: Not to speak rudely or anything, but it’s a lot easier to support someone when you have like a big song on the radio and every time you get in your car you hear your kid on the radio. I think it’s a lot easier for anybody to support anybody when it comes down to that. But from the beginning, I think all of our parents were loving; I don’t know if some were as supportive as others.
Brian: Yeah I had to drop out of college with 3 weeks left. So that was kind of like an issue, but I think now that we’re doing our thing, and gaining popularity and touring around and filling my time with actual stuff and not just sitting around and twiddling my thumbs, I think that they’re definitely a lot more supportive now.
I Told Ya So:
Jesse: I don’t blame a lot of people for not believing in people or not having faith in people until basically they have to say I told ya so. That’s just how the world is…I don’t mind when people like me now because of what’s going on. I don’t mind that. I just think they just took too long to catch up if they tried to get to know my five years ago or two years ago, I would’ve been the same exact guy. But they had to wait till this happened.
I mean, I always say this band really took off when I was 21 and I feel like I worked 20 years of my life to get to that first year.
The Band Name
Jesse: I always like to say I just think it’s a – it has to do with unity and all beings come from some sort of a neighbourhood or coming from a home of some sort. And everybody can kinda relate to it the same way I think anybody could attach to a certain part of our music. Whether you don’t like this song or you don’t like that one, I think you could like a certain part or a certain element.
The Black & White Vision
Brian: It sets the stage for our music to be heard. I mean, we treat everything as importantly as we treat the music. All the content we put out like our videos, tour posters, every little detail we handle and we take just as seriously. So when we do everything in black and white, it kind of sets the stage for all the stuff that you see, whether that be our visuals or our songs – audio.
First time they heard their music on the radio:
Jesse: I thought this was kinda funny. I was hanging out with this girl for a minute. I’m not kidding. Both times or like a few times she came in the car, the song would always be on. And part of me feels kinda cool but then the other part of me is like, “Alright. Come on. Just turn it off.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t like some brand new girl or anything. I didn’t have to impress her or anything. She already knew me.