Photo by Ellie O’Brien
On April 3rd, at the Roseland Theater LA based indy bands, The Neighbourhood and Kitten, performed along with Born Casual opening as the DJ. After Cruz put me onto the Neighbourhood (NBHD) a few months back I was ready to see them perform live and had never heard of the other two bands before.
Kitten put on an energetic performance with their lead singer Chloe Chaidez doing plenty of jumping, climbing, and crotch grabbing. Dream pop leads and guitar licks with nods to 60′s classic rock. After asking Chloe for some acapellas to redesign their songs, she told me I was hot and wanted me to buy the CD. No such luck I guess on the acapellas.
The Neighbourhood kept with their black and white persona and had their stage setup with white amps and drums. Good light show. Little different to hear the singer on a dynamic mic instead of a studio condenser with reverb. They went through their whole album as well as a few new unreleased songs for an hour long set. One of the people I went to the concert with was the bassists brother’s girlfriend. Music life… Everybody is connected somehow through degrees on separation.
In order to protect my ears, I wore earplugs to the concert. This is something I never have done before as I my youthful ignorance saw it as lame. Truth be told, the earplugs did make the concert sound a lot more lame. I could hear a lot more imperfections and couldn’t really experience the loud volume and energy you get from a live performance. I am glad that I preserved my ears for a few more years though.