Melbourne-via-Darwin artist Local the Neighbour returns with a shimmering new single Point Guard. An affably effortless outing from a seasoned musician, Point Guard pays tribute to loved ones and connections as Local the Neighbour, aka jazz-drummer-turned-indie-rock-connoisseur David Quested, explores personal thematics and jangly melodics with nimble flair. Amping up the optimism and wholesome feels, Local the Neighbour has also released a Super 8 charmer, with the track’s accompanying music video perfectly capturing Point Guard’s endearing themes and vibes.
Point Guard bustles with plush reverb, driving beats and creamy vocals courtesy of David himself, calling to mind the effortless ease of Gang of Youths while also deftly showcasing David’s soft gravelled croon. Entirely self-produced with mastering courtesy of Huntley Miller, who has also mastered albums for some of David’s heroes Hippo Campus and Bon Iver, Point Guard is a glistening blend of congenial modernity and measured laidback ease as David continues to sharpen his blossoming adoration and innate knack for indie music. Infusing glowing sincerity stemming directly from David’s own experiences, Point Guard takes the lead as a fun, friendly and frothy offering that is equal parts relatable and irresistible. David tells Hi Fi Way more about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Point Guard?
Busy! Not sure what it’s like for others, but a couple weeks out is always a scramble followed by a lot of anticipation and anxiety about everything. But then once everything is out you feel a sense of relief, which is good.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
Not really, fortunately this song came together quite easily. It felt natural to write and produce once I got the ball rolling and was in the zone. The music video was slightly different because every part of that process was new ground. I’d never shot on Super 8 before, and the editing and extras were all really time consuming for me, as I’d be watching a YouTube tutorial while I worked on the video haha.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I guess it’s indie rock or indie pop. I like to make music that feels good and seems fun. I’ve spent a long time playing music in a really serious setting where things can almost feel a bit pretend at times, so I like to break away from that and just make things that feel good and exciting to me!
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
Not necessarily sonically, but Bon Iver, Radiohead, and Paramore are big for me. All for different reasons! However, what I think they all have in common is that their sound has evolved a lot over the years, and that they continue to make music that feels exciting and creative after many years of being around.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
I’ve been given a lot of great advice!!! It’s hard to pick one… but one recent piece that has stuck with me is: you shouldn’t work on something with the intention for it to be the ultimate thing that defines you. I think I have always worked on things with the belief that it had to be inspired to be good, but I’ve realised that a lot of my favourite musicians don’t seem to have that attitude. Not sure if this makes much sense, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot!
What’s the Local The Neighbour life story?
I’ll tell you in 5 years!!
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Broadly and narrowly I reckon! All of the above:)
What’s next for Local The Neighbour?
More music to be released! Shows to be played. More neighbours to be made!
Interview By Rob Lyon