Hip-hop influenced indie rockers The Neighbourhood have quickly become fast fan favorites so it’s not surprising that they were asked to be included on the soundtrack for one of the year’s most anticipated superhero flicks. While “Honest” will be absolutely perfect for The Amazing Spiderman 2, there’s definitely a lot more going for it than just being a great soundtrack song.
The Neighbourhood kept their hood-rat-meets-hipster style in “Honest” instead of pop-ing it up as it’s a soundtrack song. Sure, its echoing guitars and keyboarding paired with the raw hip-hop beats at the chorus aren’t necessarily what you think when you picture Spiderman (well, maybe a little now since Andrew Garfield is hipster Spiderman), but it’s the modern age of superheroes and nothing ever has to make sense.
“Honest” has exquisitely creative lyrics and with frontman Jesse Rutherford’s almost accusatory and frustrated tone in his voice, there is an added believability to the nature of the song. The verses “I hope you find a way to be yourself someday/in weakness or in strength/ change can be amazing/so I pray for the best/I pray for the best for you” open up the listener’s imagination to the idea of a world where everyone has a secret to keep. The chorus, consisting of the repeated line “I wish you could be honest, I wish you could be honest with me, with me” gets more and more pleading as the song goes on.
The Neighbourhood definitely brings the struggles of Spiderman to life but, this particular song might be from the point of view of Spidey’s lady love, Gwen Stacy. Lines like “chasing, always chasing dreams/why’d you stick around, why’d you stay with me?” embody the emotions that any teenage girl who just found out that her boyfriend saves the city as a hobby might have. On the other hand, certain lines like “if I made it too hard for you maybe you should have changed it/if I gave you control would you see that we could have saved it?” show that it can be Peter Parker trying to open up about his feelings.
“Honest” is everything that a perfect soundtrack song should be. It successfully helps us picture Spiderman dealing with his difficulty in revealing who he really is to the people he loves. The lyrics and topic don’t just apply to the film but it’s relatable to pretty much anyone who is trying to figure out who they are. Plus, it’s an overall cool-sounding song. The Neighbourhood is definitely lucky to be able to put this track out for the nerd world to hear.