The Neighbourhood Play Surrounded by Fog at Union Transfer
If you were out and about in Center City, Philadelphia Friday night, you may have heard shrills of girls screaming—something The Neighbourhood has become quite accustomed to since the debut of their album I Love You. The guys were back in town for “The Love Collection” tour, playing to the sold out crowd at Union Transfer with some help from Lovelife and Ghost Loft.
Opening the night was Ghost Loft, DJ’ing in front of a small projected screen of bright colors. I could overhear many fans let out a big sigh of relief after his set—especially after the disaster of a set from the “mysterious DJ” the last time The Neighbourhood played in town.
Next up was the UK group (by way of Brooklyn) Lovelife. I saw these guys a few months ago opening up for Capital Cities, and they’ve come a long way. I was surprised at the amount of fans anticipating their performance, and the screams that arose once they took the stage. The guys filled the venue with energy, as lead singer Leonard Newell constantly interacted with the crowd (at one point he even took a dive into a lucky group of girls). Lovelife left the stage happy; they got their wish of Yorkshire tea, which one fan proudly threw onstage after their set, as per the request from their Twitter page.
The crowd grew anxious as the lights dimmed, when finally The Neighbourhood arrived. As the band took the stage, a misty haze drew throughout the venue, matching the black-and-white aesthetic of the band. Their set was reminiscent of the previous performance at Union Transfer, playing through their album, however, that didn’t stop fans from being completely immersed into each song.
Even through a minor sound issue, singer Jesse Rutherford kept the crowd occupied, but I’m sure he could have just stood there and fans wouldn’t have minded. It should only be a matter of time before The Neighbourhood are back in town, hopefully with a new album. Either way, the self-described “hoodlums” will be sure to make it another sell-out.