Neighborhood Watch drop emotional soundscapes on new single “Ashtray”

“Tell me all my music sucks,” sing local indie darlings Neighborhood Watch on the newly released single, “Ashtray.” KCSU’s DJ Wax reports with exclusive interview.


Tyler Weatherwax

Local Fort Collins band Neighborhood Watch just released their new single, “Ashtray,” on March 10, and it features some seriously groovy guitar playing. The band’s new single is fun sounding with a painful love story.

Photograph: Amavi Records

“Ashtray is a big milestone for us,” said Neighborhood Watch. “We’ve had it in the back pocket for a minute now, and it was all about finding the right time to pull it out. We had some great sessions with our producer, Ryan Adams, who played a big part in bringing our vision to life. We’re so excited that Ashtray is finally out, and we hope you guys are ready for more music coming soon.”

Neighborhood Watch has been hard at work on this new song, which matches up well with their past singles. It also shows a lot of promise for the band’s future projects.

The band’s excitement and passion for their new song shows in their playing. The track’s main riff is easy to get into and has a nice reverb sound to it. The guitar solo sounds almost alien-like and cuts through to your heart to give you a feeling of the pain the song touches on. The drums add a steady, thumping beat to the track and help carry the song to new places as it plays out.

Some of the song’s clever lyrics really shine as a great showcase of some local Fort Collins creativity, as the band sings “All we ever do is smoke and think about new tattoos.”

Overall, this track is a great tune and is a great look at what Neighborhood Watch can bring to the table. This also gives fans lots of excitement for their future songs, which the band plans on releasing soon.

An in-depth interview between KCSU Music Directors and Neighborhood Watch can be heard on the KCSU Music Podcast. More music by Neighborhood Watch is available here.