Since I first heard The Neighbourhood back in November, I was hooked and ecstatic to see their live show. Apparently, everyone else was planning on seeing them too. Fans came out early and eager to see The the band at Mercury Lounge this past Thursday. When I got to the back room at the East side venue, the crowd was spilling out of the door. I shimmied my way into the room to get a glimpse of the stage.
The Los Angeles quintet took the stage promptly at 8 p.m. As I watched them play I was instantly hooked and enthralled with their live performance. Their sound is mysterious and exciting. There was something very mesmerizing about lead vocalist, Jesse Rutherford. As he strutted back and forth on the stage, I couldn’t help watch his every move. His interesting tattoos, high top haircut, flannel shirt and silver chain. He reminded me a bit of Adam Levine, but so much cooler. The Neighborhood’s music is melodic, indie rock with a cool hip hop vibe. This band is on fire. The one complaint I had was that the set was a bit too short. But I guess that is what happens when you play the early show and you only have a few songs out. They ended with the upbeat and awesomely catchy, “Sweater Weather.” Can’t wait to see what they come out with next.