The Neighbourhood played the Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif. with opening bands Casinos and Hunny, for two nights on Feb. 6 and 7 as part of The Drought Tour. The alternative SoCal band played a 13-song set consisting mostly from songs off their latest album “Wiped Out!” while still including “Nbhd” classics from past albums.
The endless line of Neighbourhood fans, or “hoodlums”, that snaked throughout the parking lot of the Observatory made it evident that the show was sold out, as well as every other show of the tour.
The first band, Casinos, played for about 30 minutes, as well the second opening band, Hunny. Finally, The Neighbourhood didn’t make their fans wait too long though, as they commandingly took the stage at about 9:45 pm.
Fittingly, the band, signed with Columbia Records, opened with their song “Greetings From Califournia” to start off the show. “How you doin’ Santa Ana?” Jesse Rutherford, the band’s lead singer, excitedly asked in a break of the song. Guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott and drummer Brandon Fried joined Rutherford in putting on a great performance.
The setlist was well-put together, as it included songs from their latest album and their classic hits such as “Sweater Weather”, “Female Robbery”, and “Afraid”. They performed their songs in the following order:
- Greetings from Califournia
- Baby Came Home
- Female Robbery
- Daddy Issues
- Wiped Out!
- Baby Came Home 2
- Cry Baby
- The Beach
- Sweater Weather
- R.I.P 2 My Youth
They went through the setlist with little to no breaks in-between songs, allowing them to finish their performance in about an hour.
The Neighbourhood had great stage presence. Rutherford was anything but shy, as he got very close to the crowd, and even held the hands of some lucky fans. One fan even made their way on stage during the last song, “R.I.P 2 My Youth”, and “attack hugged” Rutherford, and by the look on his face he definitely was not expecting that. (I would not recommend the “attack hugging” strategy to try to meet your favorite band).
The Observatory was the perfect venue to host an alternative rock and intimate band like The Neighbourhood, who has played larger venues such as the Hollywood Bowl.
The Neighbourhood has released the dates for their next tour, the Wiped Out! 2016 tour, in which they will be playing 23 shows across the U.S. Unfortunately for Orange County and San Diego residents, they might have a longer drive as their only Southern California show on this tour is at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Based on the quality of their performance at the Observatory on Feb. 7, the Wiped Out! 2016 tour should be an amazing tour.