Made in America 2014 is officially underway, and first on our must-see list is moody rockers The Neighbourhood, who--despite the British spelling of their name--hail from Newbury Park, CA.
The post-rock fivesome first came onto our radar with 2012's "Sweater Weather," a dark, enveloping track perfect for late nights and early fall. I confess seeing them at 3 in the afternoon felt bit strange at first; this is nocturnal music, the type that sounds best seeping out of a vintage speaker at 4 a.m. in the bowls of some club downtown somewhere. Yet if the brooding musicians had any aversion to daylight, they didn't show it, rocking through numbers with panache and style.
They took the stage clad in all black and white--their signature colors (even the video projections for their set were B&W)--and proceeded to sear their way through a 45-minute set, mostly drawn from their 2013 record, I Love You.
Front man Jesse Rutherford chanelled Sid Vicious with an open leather jacket and a seriously bad-ass chest piece, then commaded the crowd with piercing vocals, especially on tunes like I Love You tracks "Afraid" and "Let It Go." (I should also note that he is damn sexy). Smoky groove "W.D.Y.W.F.M." was an early set highlight, its thick bass lines reverberating through the crowd, while "Sweater Weather" elicited major cheers.
And while we hoped for a rendition of brand new single "Hate Machine," featuring rapper Danny Brown (who plays the Fest tomorrow at 3:45), we were still pumped to join their dark fantasy, if for 45 minutes only.