The Neighbourhood brought The Flood tour to New York City this weekend for two nights at Terminal 5, drenching the venue with their energy.
On Saturday night (Oct. 3), Hunny kicked things off for the second show. Their music is hard rock, bordering on punk, the drums an assertive force throughout the instrumentals. There was no way you were standing still with an opener like that.
Bad Suns were next up, an intriguing alternative rock band with a dark edge. Their sound is a definite ‘80s vibe, pulled from inspirations like The Cure, and the four-piece somehow manage to transport you in time while still maintaining an original lure.
The Neighbourhood (Jesse Rutherford, Jeremy Freedman, Zach Abels, Mikey Margott, Brandon Fried), took to the stage with little ceremony, but left the perfect impression behind.
“Afraid” was the crowd-favorite, its intense, pulsing beat and those famously cynical lyrics prompting everyone to sing along.
We were also treated to some previews of their brand new album, including mellow, rhythmic beauty “The Beach,” which they released last week.
The new tracks are a slight departure from the NBHD’s previous work, while simultaneously fitting perfectly with what they’ve established in the past three years. Their debut, I Love You, had an element of soul that has only become more prominent with the new music, perfect for showcasing lead singer Jesse’s smooth, dynamic vocals.
One of the highlights of the night was the medley of tracks from #000000 #FFFFFF, a mixtape the band released a year ago, including “Lurk,” “Dangerous,” “When I Get Back,” and “#icanteven.” In that moment, the show became a full-blown party, spurred along by the mixtape’s sexy, edgy production as Jesse brought each song to life.
Of course, the show couldn’t end without a performance of the hit that put the NBHD on the map, “Sweater Weather,” followed by their newest single, “R.I.P. 2 My Youth.”
Do yourself a favor and go immerse yourself in The Flood. For tour info and tickets, visit the official website.
The new album, Wiped Out!, will be available on October 30. Preorder now for an instant download of “R.I.P. 2 My Youth.”
Look out for my review as soon as the album gets here!