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)
Want to know what FantasyCon is all about? I recently did a interview with Josh Patel, one of the masterminds behind the event. He talks about what you can expect from FantasyCon as well as why he decided to do this project.
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New stuff today! Let’s face it, so far this year the new music front has been somewhat light. Things are starting to pick up though! Last month we saw some new Coldplay stuff and a new Black Keys album which I loved. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I woke up yesterday to a new Rise Against song in my email. I was quite the happy camper. . Actually scratch that. I hate that phrase as I have never seen someone who is both happy, and a camper.
We're about to be eaten by bears.
Back on topic, the new Rise Against album does not come out for another few weeks, but the new track titled “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” was 100% kick ass. Of course, you can catch the song on X96, or you can use the world wide web and watch the video here.
The other track I’m excited about is a new song from Spoon. If you’re a fan you saw the cryptic teaser titled “R.I.P.” (oooh scary!). Turns out that actually stands for “Rent I Pay” which is the first single from the upcoming album “The Want My Soul”. They debuted the song yesterday on NPR.
I liked NPR when they were just a garage band.
The studio version of “Rent I Pay” is available now, and the album is penciled in for August 5th. Enjoy!
***This post is NFSW (Not safe for work)
Everyone loves a bike ride with your shirt off and the wind pushing past you as the scenery passes by at your own pace. How about a ride with your pants off, or without your bra or panties or boxers. Some people like it better when they can drop trouser and get a tan where the sun doesn't usually shine. Salt Lake might have been celebrating acceptance and showing a little more flesh than usual, but were certainly not the showiest city in the country.
While we celebrated Pride this weekend Portland was one-upping the freak flag flying. Thousands took part in the annual World Naked Bike Ride. While some people staked their claim for prime gawking privileges, others took to their bikes with private parts freed for all the world to lay eyes upon. However, like many naked activities people participate in, just because people are naked doesn't mean you'll want to look.
Why do they do this? According the official site, the ride, "highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It’s also a lot of fun and it’s free for all!"
(Note: the following link shows NAKED PEOPLE riding bicycles. If you are sensitive or offended by such material or you're at work don't click the link). That stated, for the voyeurs out there here's where you can go look at the bold, the sometimes beautiful and their bicycles protest naked at 10 MPH for you gas guzzling, world-hating, clothes-lovers via Bike Portland.org's Flickr account.
If you are visiting Seattle June 21st you can see the Freemont Solistice Parade where thousands more go naked, painted or au natural on their bicycles to welcome in warmer climates. For info on that click here.
Recap for Boner of the Day (Wednesday June 4, 2014). 3 news stories -- examples of bad, stupid, or funny human behavior. You decide with your vote who is the worst, most deserving, of the award no one wants to win: the Boner of the Day. Boner: it means mistake.
Boner Candidate #1 - My Little Helper Pooper
An already delayed US Airways flight enroute to Philadelphia from Los Angeles, had to make an emergency landing after a service pup pooped in the aisle, twice. (Read full story here)
Boner Candidate #2 - Already Dead? One less car we have to fix, man!
General Motors on Tuesday apologized to families of accident victims who have been notified to bring in cars for replacement of defective ignition switches. These cars were destroyed in the accidents where their family members were killed at the fault of the defective GM cars. (Read full story here)
Boner Candidate #3 - Pedophile priest off duty
Reverend McAlinden molsted several young men during his career, but attorneys for the diocese used the controversial argument that they couldn't be held responsible for Rev McAlinden's actions, because abusing a child is not part of a priest's 'duties'. (Read full story here)
Boner Winner: Boner Candidate #3
In a landslide victory!
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