The San Diego House of Blues was as packed as I’ve ever seen it for The Neighbourhood’s show last night. They brought along their friends Hunny and Bad Suns for an epic sold out show that showcased the current Holy Trinity of Alternative Rock. I was super bummed to have missed Hunny since I’ve heard such great things but I made it just in time for Bad Suns. Every time I catch these guys live I like them more. Their energy is infectious, their songs are super catchy, and frontman Christo Bowman practically has the crowd hypnotized throughout the performance. SO GOOD.
Full disclosure that I had never seen The Neighbourhood live or heard their music before the show. I went in cold turkey and had no idea what to expect other than what I had heard – strong aesthetic, only shoot in black and white. You guys, The Neighbourhood blew me away. From the first notes of their intro to their transtion into “W.D.Y.W.F.M.?” they delivered pure gold. Frontman Jesse Rutherford had the entire crowd gladly eating out of the palm of his hand. Ah, and those visuals you guys! Screens as wide as the stage that displayed beautiful graphics behind the band. I loved “Afraid” and the mixtape solo portion of the set. I didn’t really care for “Sweater Weather” but loved watching the crowd lose their shit singing along. On the drive home I listened to some tracks on youtube and was surprised at how much dimension the guys bring to their music live. It took me a while to get used to the same songs recorded because they sounded so amazing already live. Final verdict: The Neighbourhood is perfect. 10/10 would see again.