Let’s Get High b/w One Last Chance - The Neighbourhood Strange (Strange Recordings)
Imagine if the West Coast Flower Power era had happened, not in the City by the Bay but in the middle of England. Within spitting distance of Stonehenge. Only it wasn’t so trippy-dippy and folkish, and had a nasty streak to its sound. Cue: The Neighbourhood Strange and this, their second double A-sided single.
The single has a dark side and a bright side. “Let’s Get High” is the dark side. Fuzz and organ. Emphatic vocal from Marcus (“Baby, let’s get high”) and a compelling, sullen sound. Dark psych. Not pretty but pretty brilliant in its own distinctive way. Flip it over and you get “One Last Chance” a blues-rock, pseudo Stonesy work-out where prominent organ and muscular guitar share centre-stage.
Whetyehjr thropugh accident or design, these guys seem to have taken their time recording their music but an album as strong as these two songs would go down a treat.