Local Band Q&A: The Neighborhood

Oklahoman Published: October 6, 2006

• Why: 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.

• When: 10 tonight.

• Where: The Conservatory, 8911 N Western.

Q:What are your key influences?

A: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.

A: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.

A: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.

Q:How would describe your sound if you had 20 words to encapsulate what you do?

A:Mai: 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.

A:Rice: Yeah, very palatable but, you know, not boring. It's almost symphonic.

A:Duckworth: 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.

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