A punk-fueled, garage-rock sound with big hooks, melodies, and snarling six-strings, The Neighborhoods are pretty much where it all starts in Boston Rock. A series of excellent albums, including 1987's Reptile Men (Emergo) and their 1991 major label release, The Neighborhoods (Third Stone / Atlantic), plus their non-stop touring made them the snotty favored sons of the Northeast and dark horses in much of the rest of the country. They called it quits for a spell, but they're back and are very much the real thing.
The present day 'Hoods consist of original and founding member David Minehan on guitar, his long time bassist and cohort Lee Harrington and drummer Johnny "Rock" Lynch. The band has been playing a handful of shows again since 2004, more recently opening for the Joe Perry Project and Iggy and the Stooges. The band was inducted into the Boston Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2005 and had a new, original song "Parasite" featured on the Guitar Hero 2 game and soundtrack. A new full length studio CD is in production and will be released in 2013