The Neighbourhood Hypnotizes Philly

Indie rock band The Neighbourhood brought down the house this past Tuesday at The Electric Factory in Philly.

Joining them on The Flood Tour was alt-rock group Bad Suns, and Hunny, a fairly new band from Southern California. I had never heard of Hunny before, but I was pleasently surprised and found myself truly enjoying their set. Hunny’s vibe sounds like a combination of The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, and Coconut Records, blended together to create an array of fun, dance-y indie rock jams.

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Photo by Kenzie Gasper

Bad Suns took to the stage and immediately had the crowd moving with fan-favorite hits like “Salt” and “We Move Like The Ocean.” I have been a fan of Bad Suns for a while, so I was excited to see them perform live. The band was met with an overwhelming amount of cheers when they played their breakout hit “Cardiac Arrest,” which seemed to be the song everyone wanted to hear them play.

Finally, after much anticipation, The Neighbourhood appeared in a cloud of smoke, opening with “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” (which happens to be my personal jam!) Front man Jesse Rutherford was everything you would expect the lead singer of a rock band to be; charismatic, electrifying, captivating. Being that The Neighbourhood is one of my favorite bands, I was incredibly stoked to be there. Their set lasted a little over an hour and they played just about every song in their catalog, including songs from their upcoming album Wiped Out!

To be honest, I spent most of the show in a trance-like state, and not just because of the laser light show happening on stage. The Neighbourhood’s songs are slow, sultry and dark, and Rutherford does an excellent job at seducing the crowd in a way that only a certain kind of musician could. The band closed with “Sweater Weather,” their most widely-known song. I will definitely be checking out more of The Neighbourhood’s shows in the future and I suggest you do too. I promise, you won’t regret it.