Norman's The Neighborhood is among the most promising bands in Oklahoma's indie rock scene, and the chemistry and open-mindedness of the trio means it'll likely evolve and experiment in the future. The music runs the gamut of indie rock, from plaintive and moody acoustic stylings to full-on dance beats.
The Conservatory, 8911 N Western.
:What are your key influences?
:Matt Duckworth, drums:
Well, I think that we all have fairly different influences and that's what makes the band good. Like Eric, you know; he grew up listening to prog rock and classic rock, whereas I was listening to a lot of folk music, like more song-oriented.
:Philip Rice, guitar and vocals:
I was more Coldplay and Radiohead, focusing on vocals and more melodic stuff. Like Matt said, I think that's one of the strong points. We do have such a variety between the three of us, and then they're not entirely similar, and that's a real good back and forth between the three of us.
:Eric Mai, bass:
We don't necessarily say, like, "Let's write a Coldplay kind of song." I mean, we don't draw specifically on influences. It's more subconscious.
:How would describe your sound if you had 20 words to encapsulate what you do?
I'd say it's, like, interesting and exciting and original, but it's still accessible. It can be liked by a wide range of people.
Yeah, very palatable but, you know, not boring. It's almost symphonic.
It takes the good things that you like about the popular bands that we listen to today and shakes it up, you know? It adds an element of experiment.