The Neighbourhood Fumbles With Consistency

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, October 30

The Neighbourhood | Photo by Edison Graff / Kabik Photo Group

The Neighbourhood | Photo by Edison Graff / Kabik Photo Group

The Neighbourhood is an indie rock band. Sort of. It’s hard to put a label on the Cali-based outfit when their discography is riddled with a motley assortment of genres. As good as The Neighbourhood’s genre hopping might sound on paper (and on Spotify), it didn’t translate well to the stage. Front man Jesse Rutherford proved his showmanship by hopping on a nearby speaker during “Prey” and going shirtless for “Baby Came Home,” but his vocals were lackluster. The dreamy guitar licks of “Wiped Out!”, played by Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, put us at the seashore, but still, the crowd’s energy waned. The band rekindled interest when Rutherford threw on a fur coat and switched to auto tune for samples of the hip-hop-heavy mixtape #000000 & #FFFFFF, but the transition felt out of place. Finally, Rutherford sang what every cardigan clad couple had been waiting for: “Sweater Weather.” It’s clear this band should stick to the hits and T-Pain-isms if they want to make an impression. ★★✩✩✩

Photos by Edison Graff / Erik Kabik Photo Group

Set List

Let It Go
Baby Came Home
Daddy Issues
Female Robbery
The Beach
Wiped Out!
When I Get Back
Sweater Weather
R.I.P. 2 My Youth