The Neighbourhood and JMSN sell out New York City with ease
LA alternative rock/pop outfit The Neighborhood are known for their black and white imagery used in everything from their music videos, to their outfits, to the lighting of their live shows. Also black and white is the potential of the five guys - they have a distinct look, a distinct feel, and, most importantly, a distinct sound the listening audience of 2013 is clamoring for, as proven by their sold-out show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.
On Saturday night The NBHD performed tracks from their debut record I Love You, released via Columbia Records earlier this year. Lead singer Jesse Rutherford effortlessly delivered the group’s well-crafted rock anthems that are dipped in pop melodies and laced with hip-hop sensibilities. These guys are fairly new to the scene, but you would not be able to tell by the stadium-ready set they played. The group formed just under two years ago and in a short time, they have signed to a major label and gone on a nationwide sell-out tour. The fans, mostly in their late-twenties and male-skewed, shouted and lip synced every single cut in the group’s set. Expect these guys to move up the figurative New York venue ladder from Bowery to Terminal 5 in no time.
Opening for The NBHD was JMSN (pronounced Jameson), the latest pseudonym for Christian Berisha. The now long-haired musician has seemingly washed out the presumably difficult years playing the major label game and has found all the pieces necessary to arrive at a place of synergistic artistic merit. The standard three-minute length tracks are nonexistent for JMSN and instead he delivers long, mellifluous rock-infused hippie R&B numbers not unlike those one that could find on a Frank Ocean or The WKND record. Named one of Usher’s favorite new acts in Spin Magazine and touted by many as one-to-watch, JMSN, in this new skin, is a win.