One of the best punk bands in California, hell, America, have returned.
“In early 2015, the Neighborhood Brats called it quits. Rager’s message to fans cited ‘tour schedules, release delays, different lineups, health concerns and the general mayhem of managing a DIY punk rock band’ as the factors behind its demise. There’d been little stability for the band, and making every record had been a juggling act.
‘Total Dementia was recorded on the sly, between 1 and 3 a.m., so the engineer’s boss wouldn’t find out,’ he reveals. ‘Recovery was rehearsed only three times before we went into the studio. Most of those drum tracks were done in one take.’
Fortunately, the breakup didn’t stick, and the reasons were simple. ‘I just can’t not make music. Without it, I feel like I’m missing a limb. Like I’m wearing tight jeans without underwear. I’m just uncomfortable,’ Angelillo says, ‘and I missed the Brats. I missed George — my best friend, bandmate and writing partner.’ So after a ‘heart-to-heart’ with Night Birds frontman Brian Gorsegner about ‘how to make being an adult, a punk, and being in a band sustainable,’ she called Rager, and Neighborhood Brats began plotting a return.”
The band goes on to note that a new record is in the cards for 2016. You can read the feature, which is well worth your time and click, here. Also worth your time and money is the Brats’ 2014 LP Recovery, released via Deranged Records and embedded below.