The Neighborhood Concert Review - The Fillmore 11/9

On November 9th, 2019, The Neighbourhood brought its nationwide tour to the Fillmore of Detroit, Michigan. The crowd that gathered outside the venue consisted primarily of teenage girls, whom many passersby ridiculed for being “edgy hipster teens with poor taste in music”. Not sure why some adults find satisfaction in making strange jokes about young girls, but hey, such is life.

The first opening act was Claud, a nonbinary individual whose talent pleasantly surprised me. Typically, the first opening acts at concerts aren’t able to impress me but they did a great job of livening the crowd with their experimental pop tunes. Claud performed the kind of music that I could imagine high schoolers playing in the background of a montage of their summer. In a good way, though. I was also surprised to see that so early in the show, the venue was pretty full and seemed to be enjoying the unfamiliar artist as much as I was. I only wish they could have had a longer set!

The second opening act was a band called Slow Hollows. Just as the name suggests, the music was quite slow and quite hollow, lacking any substance that could keep me even slightly entertained. The frontman had an incredibly deep and sexy voice but that is all the band had to offer. No offense guys, I’m sure you’re great people...just not quite interesting. Surprisingly, the crowd seemed to enjoy them a bit more than Claud. Such a shameful perception. I blamed it on the frontman’s alluring voice.

To introduce the band, the frontman of The Neighbourhood, Jesse, appeared in full Chip Chrome attire (Seems to be a new persona he has picked up. Not sure if he is bored or onto something). Jesse stood alone, center stage, singing a soft ballad to kick off the show; immediately following, the rest of the band shared the stage with him. The setlist totaled to eighteen songs with a good ratio of old and new, slow and fast-paced music. This was my second time seeing The Neighbourhood live and I can say that they have yet to disappoint. Their energy is contagious and they never fail to excite the crowd. One thing I have always loved about their performances is the way they like to experiment with their songs, changing a few notes here and there to make each and every performance unique. Throughout the entirety of their performance, the crowd shared a collective feeling of serenity as we all danced to the ~groovy~ music being played. The Neighbourhood is full of fantastic entertainers, regularly able to keep any crowd on their feet.  I am ecstatic to have gotten the opportunity to see them again and hope there is more to come in the future.

 

- By Priscila Flores