On Tuesday, June 24, The Neighbourhood came to the Complex along with Rapper, Travis Scott, and Indie Rock band, White Arrows. For those who are unfamiliar with The Neighbourhood, they are a rock band from Newbury Park, California, who combine elements of hip-hop with elements of Indie/psychedelic Goth rock.
The first band was a psychedelic pop-rock band from Los Angeles that go by the name of White Arrows. They had a very contagious pop sound that was driven by synthesizers and guitar. Similar to bands like The Killers, The Bravery, and Depeche Mode. The members seemed confident in their ability and, technically speaking, they performed very well. However, all the band members, except for the singer, stood still while playing. They were led by a very energetic and quirky frontman who, at one point, put on a dark purple wig that made him look like Jack White (or a character from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).
(Is that Jack White on stage?)
White Arrows has one full-length album titled Dry Land Is Not a Myth. They are releasing their second LP, In Bardo, in the fall. They were also named by SPIN magazine as an “Underdog To Watch.”
Next, Travis Scott came on stage. This Houston rapper definitely compensated for the lack of energy from the White Arrows performance. He first had his producer come out and play some hip-hop/EDM music to get the crowd excited and ready for Travis. After a few tracks, Travis Scott came out swinging, yelling at the top of his lungs and throwing his water all over the crowd. Travis Scott proved that he is one wild performer. He has previously co-produced Kanye West’s album, Yeezus, and Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z. Now the rapper is looking to make his own musical career. He may have seemed to be an interesting choice to open for The Neighbourhood, but considering their hip-hop influences and the fact that Travis Scott got the crowd wild and ready for headlining band, he fit perfectly in the line-up.
The Neighbourhood came out dancing and swinging with a lot of energy on their opener, “Female Robbery.” Even though their music isn’t necessarily up-tempo dance music, the band performed and moved around the stage as though they were.
The guitars and vocals were put through massive amounts of reverb and delay effects, adding dramatically to the “black & white” Goth atmosphere that the band wanted to portray. They had a projector screen set up behind them, that they used to display images from black & white movies, cartoons, and other images to entertain the audience and even add depth to their songs. For one song in particular, “Wires”, they had a short film play on the screen. The film showed these college graduates falling of a conveyer belt into a giant cardboard box and then being made into puppets by this giant omnipotent being in a suit and tie. There was something very dark and eerie about the imagery of The Neighbourhood’s performance, but it only added to the experience and gave the audience a lot more to take away from the show than just a handful of songs. The band ended up performing most of their LP, I Love You, along with a few B sides ("West Coast", "Leaving Tonight", etc.). The other stand-outs to me were when they performed their new song “Jealousy” from their new EP(or "mixtape"), Black & White.
And, of course, when they performed their double-platinum hit, “Sweater Weather.” The band closed their set with “Afraid” and the reverb from their guitar and vocal effects kept ringing long after the band left the stage.
While seeing The Neighbourhood, I couldn’t help but think of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and The Cure. I suppose that Goth rock is making a comeback with bands like The Neighbourhood, The 1975, and Phantogram. The Neighbourhood may not sound like this glamorous or grandiose rock band, but they perform with this loudness and focused chaos that makes the dark things in life look and sound beautiful.
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern) (Twitter:@mcentirezach)
They just posted the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay part 1! Here is an important announcement from President Snow...
The ruling just came down from the 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals regarding the State of Utah's efforts to ban same-sex marriage. Their words are pretty simple and direct.
"We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state's marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union."
Well, actually it is not simple and direct at all. That is just a quote. If you are a legal junkie, here it is in all its 100 page glory.
The ruling is on hold pending appeal. Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swenson said that they are not issuing licenses at this time. There is obviously a lot to sort out.
Hey it's Richie T here! If you've been watching the World Cup non-stop like I have, you've been hearing XAmbassadors song, 'Jungle'. I talked with XAmbassadors on Monday about their new hit song. Here is a sneak peek of my interview with them:
“Jungle” Collaboration with Jamie N Commons
I had the track prior to ever working with Jamie. Alex sent me this incredible beat that he had produced with this guy, Mike Del Rio, and I sat down, I wrote this hook to it. I wrote it and recorded it right in my girlfriend’s kitchen actually. Those are the vocals that you hear on the track – those are recorded in a kitchen apartment…I sent it to Alex [Da Kid], and Alex was like,”You know what, I’m going in to the studio with Jamie tomorrow. I’m going to show it to him, see what he thinks of it.” Jamie wrote these verses pretty quickly, and there it was. It’s done.
Check out more with XAmbassadors and the full interview on the Meet the Bands website HERE
The Foo Fighters will be going to Africa this year! South Africa that is. I don't know a TON about South Africa other than I can trace some family back there in the 1800's and that's where the bad guys from Lethal Weapon 2 were from. OH, and my parents just went there on vacation. They brough me back some stuff.
Have some stuff from South Africa wich was all made in China
But after dropping a couple hints over the weekend, the Foo's have officially announced plans to play two shows -- one in Cape Town on December 10th and another in Johannesburg on December 13th. The stadium gigs will also feature the Kaiser Chiefs and BLK JKS as well. But Dave Grohl says they haven't forgotten about their Stateside fans. They've also confirmed an appearance at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, which takes place October 24th through the 26th in Las Vegas.
I want to hear "Big Me" on a Vevuzela
The Foo Fighters are set to release a new album in November and will also be the subject of a new HBO docuseries. That should be cool. I'm guessing a US Tour will follow. I hope so anyway
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