Thursday night was an evening of firsts for both The Neighbourhood and Atlas Genius in one of Austin’s premiere playpens, Emo’s East.
There was a sense of “stoked” as California-based indie-alternative group, The Neighbourhood (The NBHD), took to the bright lights just after 9 p.m. on April 25. It had barely been 48 hours since the band released their debut album I Love You via Columbia Records, and you could smell the enthusiasm lofting over the smoke of a left-handed cigarette burning from a dark corner. The NBHD, (which consists of Jesse Rutherford, vocals, Jeremy Freedman, guitar, Zach Abels, guitar, Mikey Margott, bass, and Bryan Sammis, drums), could be described as a moody, alter-ego derived straight from the suburbs of some Cal-i-for-ni-a metropolis. But none the less, the band maintains that edge of the indie-pop world. Or at least it seemed so as Thursday night’s crowd gushed over The NBHD running down popular tracks, like, “Female Robbery” and “Sweater Weather,” throughout the course of their opening set. And surprisingly enough, the “new guys” to the indie-alternative scene had a pretty heavy following, judging by the amount of people singing along with the second to last song played, “Sweater Weather.”
The pulse of the sold-out venue really picked up once Atlas Genius, indie-rock band from Adelaide, South Australia, took the stage a little shy of 10:30PM for the night’s main set. A three man circuit, AG consists of Keith Jeffery, vocals and guitar, Michael Jeffery, drums, and Darren Sell, keyboards. The band, who was on their very first headline tour, initially made their mark in the music industry with the release of the single, “Trojans,” in May 2011, and in the USA when the song’s video premiered on MTV2’s show “120 Minutes” in January 2012.
Over the course of their set list, AG hit on a number of tracks from their latest album, “Through the Glass,” that was released in August 2012. Including “If So,” the band’s latest single that received play on the FIFA 2013 video game. Although the crowd seemed to be a little stiff for a Thursday night, AG maintained a steady amount of solid vibrations as they drifted into an early ending of their set about 20 minutes shy of midnight, especially after pointing out how their home city in Australia happens to be a sister city with Austin. How convenient, right?
“Good to see you, sister,” Keith Jeffery said.