Fire is Coming!
That fire seemed extinguished on a Sunday night in ’92. But the Neighborhoods return to Albany on Saturday (December 5) at Valentine’s Music Hall, not as step-slow veterans, but as an incendiary club device 17 years later still burning oh so bright! As founder-guitarist David Minehan said at the band’s 2004 induction into the Boston Music Hall of Fame, the ‘Hoods are a band “not without shortcomings, but with a desire and unique ability to burn white-hot in performance.”
The Neighborhoods became a fixture on the Albany scene, blazing a trail through the landscape of clubs now long gone – The Château, 288 Lark and QE2 – and the frat houses of RPI. The ‘Hoods took full advantage of the Capitol Region’s 4am closing time, playing three-set shows that not only garnered the band a loyal fan base, but also inspired a new crop of Albany musicians to take up the torch. No strangers to the local college airwaves, the ‘Hoods were literally WCDB’s mid-80s poster children. Much to ‘CDB’s credit you can currently hear ‘Hoods tracks from a recorded legacy that spans five albums and a legendary first single “Prettiest Girl.”
“Albany was always a welcoming outpost for the Hoods back in the day,” recalls bassist Lee Harrington. “Lots of great supportive fans, some truly generous club owners, some amazing, long, late night gigs and plenty of warm long-lasting friendships.” As for a personal Albany highlight, Lee says, “I will never forget the night that Robin Zander got up on stage and sang with us.”