For a band that has gotten famous in a relatively short amount of time, The Neighbourhood definitely knows how to fill up a venue. It was so difficult to find tickets that right when I was about to click the ‘purchase’ button for a different venue it got sold out. Sure, it was filled with a bunch of flannel-wearing, beanie-sporting hipsters, but it was easy to forget that we were all there to support an awesomely chill band. Their venture to The Majestic Ventura Theater (which is near their hometown of Newbury Park) was the perfect place to end their “The Love Collection” tour because of its high ceilings, which made their music even more haunting than it already is.
The main opening act was the London-based Lovelife. While there was no surprise why they were on tour with The Neighbourhood (their songs are lyrically similar), musically they sounded part MGMT, part new-school Linkin Park with a hint of The 1975 (who performed for part of the tour). They had an undeniable energy that made the crowd dance along to the songs, but almost all of them had the same tempo and the venue did not really work for their electro-rock sound.
When The Neighbourhood’s white amps and instruments were brought on the stage after the first act, there was an aura of anticipation clouding the room (or maybe that was just the leftover smoke lingering). The show began with the gritty, consumerism-themed “Let It Go” and it set the mood for the duration of the show. Each song sounded eerier and more emotional than the last with the constant echo from the venue, especially on “How” and the song that started it all, “Female Robbery”. “Flawless” was turned into a slow, haunting duet between lead singer Jesse Rutherford and the lead singer of Lovelife, Lee Newell.
For a show that didn’t consist of purely danceable tracks, the crowd was super into everything that was going on, even if they didn’t know all of the words. It seemed like every hand was in the air during “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” and every lyric from “Sweater Weather” was belted. The show came to a close with their current single “Afraid”.
There were bittersweet expectations riding on this show and, to be honest, I thought that they were going to be uber-chill/somewhat boring because of their style of music. However, all of my assumptions were completely blown out of the water and the product was possibly one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. The only downside was that their lighting was a little too extreme and strobe-y. However, the utter epicness of the way The Neighbourhood performed with pure emotion and energy made that little aspect less noticeable. Plus, it was awesome to finally see what they looked like in color instead of black and white.