Spotlight: The Neighbourhood
As a rock band, The Neighbourhood is somewhat of a contradiction. The five-piece, SoCal-based group have been climbing the alt charts since they began releasing music last year. They’re known for their black and white imagery, dark and melodic music, and tatted up (i.e. dreamy) frontman. Yet their lyrics, album titles and musical themes reflect that of some sensitive, emotional dudes.
It all began last year when the band – Jesse Rutherford, Jeremy Freedman, Zach Abels, Mikey Margot and Bryan Sammis – released tracks “Female Robbery” and “Sweater Weather” seemingly out of nowhere. While the songs performed well, the band was still shrouded in mystery until their debut EP, “I’m Sorry,” came out a few months later. Despite the title, these boys have nothing to apologize for: the EP garnered much acclaim for the band, and helped land them a spot at SXSW earlier this year.
Now, The Neighbourhood is currently riding the wave of success brought on by their first full-length album, “I Love You,” which premiered back in April. They’ve chosen the already-established “Sweater Weather” as their first single – which peaked at No. 1 on the US Alt chart – and features vocalist Jesse Rutherford crooning, “cause it’s too cold for you here and now / so let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater.” Perhaps not the lyrics and album title you’d expect from a band described by Rolling Stone as “moody” and “atmospheric.”
And like any hard-working band on the rise, The Neighbourhood will spend their summer on tour, covering ground in all areas of the U.S. from June through September. Among the stops will be a slot at Firefly Music Festival – a three-day extravaganza featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs – plus a slew of top indie, rap and alternative artists. Check out The Neighbourhood’s Friday set between 1:30-2:15 pm.
The boys are also coming to NYC for a couple highly anticipated, sold out shows in two of the city’s premier venues: Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. Face value tickets are $17, but SeatGeek is showing listings on the secondary market starting at $40. The average ticket price for either of these shows is $70, which is over four times the face value. Don’t miss your chance to get intimate with The Neighbourhood – pick up a pair of tickets today!
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