The Neighbours were formed around the pairing of Ponsonby’s Sam Ford-led country rockers Local Heroes and Wellington musician Rick Bryant. The band toured extensively and went through numerous line-ups, winning fans for their grunty R&B sound. EP The Only One You Need was followed by sole album Vocal at the Local, recorded live at the band's base, The Gluepot. Trudi Green took lead vocals. Sax man Bryant left in mid-83 to form Rick Bryant and the Jive Bombers, and focus on a soul-inspired sound.