A simple Spotify search for the song “Let it Go” yields hundreds of synonymous titles, but right underneath Demi Lovato and the Frozen soundtrack, you’ll find The Neighbourhood’s shadowy, emotional take. Similarly, their overnight radio hits like “Sweater Weather,” “Female Robbery,” and “Afraid,” are genre-crossing mixes of indie rock, electronica, and R&B—a revelatory combination of rock instruments with a hip-hop aesthetic. Spearheaded by frontman Jesse Rutherford and four of his musician buddies, their moody style has been dubbed “black and white,” due to the merging of the two different musical worlds that characterize The Neighbourhood’s sound. In fact, the band can only be seen in black and white, whether it’s in photographs, videos or late-night TV. They’re a band with a vision, to say the least, and they are about to embark on the befittingly titled El Tour Blanco with Travi$ Scott, Danny Brown, White Arrows, and a host of other hoodlums in preparation of the mixtape they’re releasing soon while working on their new album. Give them a neighborly welcome in Central Park later this month, supported by Danny Brown, Little Daylight and Born Casual.
Tue., May 20, 5 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 14, 2014