California is apparently the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to music – not only because it’s a continual source of inspiration for The Neighbourhood, but because the west coast state gave us The Neighbourhood itself.
Hailing from the Newbury Park in Southern CA, the band caused an instant stir when they formed back in 2011, their brand of off-kilter indie closing the gaps between often opposing genres. With vocals somewhere in the same universe as The Weeknd, a broody alt-rock core, and refined hints of electronica, the five piece has landed on a unique sound that cuts right to the core, with lyrics twisting the knife for good measure.
Their latest album, Wiped Out! landed at the end of 2015, a welcome follow up to their 2013 debut I Love You., which featured the ever-powerful ‘Sweater Weather’ that first put them on the map. To mark the occasion, the band (composed of lead singer Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Zach Abels and Jeremy Freedman, bassist Michael Margott, and drummer Brandon Fried) headed to London as part of the European leg of their tour earlier this year, playing to a heaving crowd in North London’s renowned Roundhouse venue. The rare show was shot by Dean Avisar with creative direction from Rachel Ma, who worked to bring us a combination of intimate portraits and energetic stage shots that reflect both sides of being a musician.
The images are strictly in keeping with The Neighbourhood’s monochrome aesthetic – fitting, given frontman Jesse is colourblind. Take a look at the exclusive photographs below to get a glimpse into The Neighbourhood’s dark yet unequivocally beautiful world.
Photography by Dean Avisar, creative direction by Rachel Ma. Check The Neighbourhood’s tour dates here.