New indie band, “The Neighbourhood” disappoints Portland fans

Walking up to the Roseland Theater in Portland on April 3. I was excited for a night of listening to the new indie band, “The Neighbourhood.” I expected some alternative listeners, as well as some teenagers because of their popular song, “Sweater Weather.” Unfortunately, there was a large young audience; some girls looked younger than 13.

The doors opened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. We all piled into the venue and for over an hour listened to the local band “Born Casual” remix pop songs on his macbook and a spin table. Most of the people were way too into it, they belonged at a completely different concert.

By the time the opening band came on, I was done with the bad music. I wanted to see the band I came for. But of course the opener was a rock band, by the name of “Kitten.” It consisted of three guys and a grungy girl as the lead singer. They played for about 45 minutes and not once could I understand what she was saying—it was just noise.

Not only were the bands slow, but I was stuck in between a guy that reeked of body odor and an extremely rude girl that screamed every 2 minutes. “The Neighbourhood” finally came on at 9:30 p.m. and we left by 10:15 p.m before it ended. The few perks from the concert were a CD and going to Burgerville afterward.

I give the concert a high C because the band was great and it only cost $35, but it was ridiculous to wait 2 1/2 hours to see the main performer. I recommend them for anyone who listens to alternative or rock and even pop. Unfortunately, the band couldn’t make up for my bad experience with the mean, smelly teenagers around me and the bad opening performers.