The Neighbourhood Show Review (Portlandia Style)
The Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR (eye roll) (duh!)
So we went to a .94 cent show this past weekend, which was actually
free since it was sold out and people were just handing out the extra
tickets they bought in advance. Can’t beat that! The show was at the
Crystal Ballroom, which I expected to be bigger for some reason, I
suppose because I lot of people play there, but it was you’re average
smaller band venue (think House of Blues or Murat). The first band was
two chicks (I didn’t realize how frequent the whole two person band
thing was) and we couldn’t quite figure out if they were good enough,
but the lead singer was so bouncy and cute I want to give them the
benefit of the doubt. For the record, they were Chaos Chaos.
The next band was called White Arrows and I googled them to find out
that they were a Psycho Tropic group from Florida. I was in from the
description alone. I want to be in a psycho tropic band! They were
good, a legit live band. However, after a few songs I was sort of
annoyed by the singer’s voice. It reminded my of Vampire Weekend or
some band on the same vein as that. Something I’ve heard before. The
crowd was really digging it though, so I can’ hate too much.
…but then I listened to the song above and didn’t make it through
because his voice annoyed me again.
On to The Neighbourhood (don’t forget the u, this is some UK shit
right here). I had only heard one song from them …
I was digging it when I heard it so I figured what the heck, I’ve got
.94 cents (but it was free). They were great. I think I’d get sick of
the EP after a bit because it seems to all be on the same kind of
darker, slower, sort of soulful page and you know, variety is the
spice of life. But, homeboy could sing. For not knowing much about the
band the crowd was on fyah (fire). They did a cover/mashup of
Destiny’s Child and JT (me!) so that was fun. I would recommend
checking them out.
I like this little ditty here:
I’m also very thrilled when a singer can actually sing, and this dude
did. He had this very soulful voice, one that could work in a
multitude of music forms.
Like I said, they don’t have a lot, just an ep, but it’s nice to jam
too when it’s raining or you’re not in a particularly super fly mood.
Or you know, whenever the hell you want because it’s your life and I
won’t tell you what to do.