It wasn’t too long ago that The Neighbourhood was touring small clubs and seeing their single “Sweater Weather” making a mark on the airwaves. Fast forward to 2016 and the quintet is playing the Microsoft Theater on the Nu Waves tour supporting their sophomore release Wiped Out!
Lead singer Jesse Rutherford oozes charisma and sex appeal while he moves around the stage singing, interacting with fans and his bandmates. The rest of the band—Zach Abels (lead guitar), Jeremy Freedman (rhythm guitar), Michael Margott (bass guitar) and Brandon Fried (drums)—really beefed up the sound. With they reworked live versions of the set list, which consisted of a perfect mix of both albums and even the band’s mixtape, the already good songs were electrifying.
While not a perfect performance—the audience was reminded that Rutherford is only human when he sang the wrong opening lyrics to “Afraid”—it was still a great one. Moments such as that really showcase an artist’s ability to move on from a mishap. Indeed, the audience was so invested in the performance that had the band not restarted the song, chances are the audience wouldn’t have even noticed.
One of the best aspects of The Neighbourhood is their aesthetic. Their monochromatic color scheme, which was even used on the promos in between sets for upcoming shows, pulls away any distractions from what is most important: the music. It’s effortlessly cool and creates a world entirely meant for just the band and their fans.
Text and photos by Victoria Patneaude
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