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Music Connection Magazine Vol XXVII No 8, 4.14.03 to 4.27.03
Club Reviews
The Neighbors
The Gig, Hollywood

The Players: Amy Roberts, vocals; Brian Wenke, acoustic guitar, vocals; Ian Watermeier, electric guitar; Brian McKenzie, bass; Sean Roberts, percussion; Dave Millard, drums

Material: Much like the Sundays or Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, the Neighbors present a commercially focused conglomeration of mellow rock and AC pop. Combining a masterful female vocalist with well-written songs and effective instrumentation, their sound contains the same depth as the leaders in this genre. Showcasing their diversity in musicianship and style, the band incorporated a stripped down version of the Beatles “Across the Universe” into their absorbing set.

Musicianship: Roberts’ angelic voice immediately comes across as the crown jewel of this project. Wenke and Watermeier generate some catchy grooves, and McKenzie’s elaborate bass lines effectively tie it all together. Refusing to hide in the background, Sean Roberts’ expressive percussion is a welcome aspect to the sound. Recognizing the importance of their stand-out singer, the band humbly stepped aside and let Roberts close the show with a moving acapella ballad.

Performance: Swiveling her hips and clenching her eyes with emotion, Roberts remained the focal point of the performance throughout. Though none of the other musicians were able to match Roberts’ level of enthusiasm, their lack of showmanship ultimately steered the audience’s attention directly toward the band’s greatest attribute. At one point, however, the guitarist broke a string, which led to an extended period of dead air and fading audience interest while he slowly re-strung his axe.

Summary: The Neighbors display all of the traits of a successful AC pop-rock band. The singer is powerful and pretty, the band is tightly knit and the songs effectively showcase vocal and instrumental skills. If they eliminate the possibility of a broken string holding their set up for five minutes, the band should be able to create a large enough buzz for industry to take notice.

- Scott Perham
- Music Connection Magazine Vol XXVII No 8, 4.14.03 to 4.27.03


Music Connection Magazine Vol XXVII No 8, 4.14.03 to 4.27.03
Club Reviews
The Neighbors
The Gig, Hollywood

The Players: Amy Roberts, vocals; Brian Wenke, acoustic guitar, vocals; Ian Watermeier, electric guitar; Brian McKenzie, bass; Sean Roberts, percussion; Dave Millard, drums

Material: Much like the Sundays or Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, the Neighbors present a commercially focused conglomeration of mellow rock and AC pop. Combining a masterful female vocalist with well-written songs and effective instrumentation, their sound contains the same depth as the leaders in this genre. Showcasing their diversity in musicianship and style, the band incorporated a stripped down version of the Beatles “Across the Universe” into their absorbing set.

Musicianship: Roberts’ angelic voice immediately comes across as the crown jewel of this project. Wenke and Watermeier generate some catchy grooves, and McKenzie’s elaborate bass lines effectively tie it all together. Refusing to hide in the background, Sean Roberts’ expressive percussion is a welcome aspect to the sound. Recognizing the importance of their stand-out singer, the band humbly stepped aside and let Roberts close the show with a moving acapella ballad.

Performance: Swiveling her hips and clenching her eyes with emotion, Roberts remained the focal point of the performance throughout. Though none of the other musicians were able to match Roberts’ level of enthusiasm, their lack of showmanship ultimately steered the audience’s attention directly toward the band’s greatest attribute. At one point, however, the guitarist broke a string, which led to an extended period of dead air and fading audience interest while he slowly re-strung his axe.

Summary: The Neighbors display all of the traits of a successful AC pop-rock band. The singer is powerful and pretty, the band is tightly knit and the songs effectively showcase vocal and instrumental skills. If they eliminate the possibility of a broken string holding their set up for five minutes, the band should be able to create a large enough buzz for industry to take notice.

- Scott Perham
- Music Connection Magazine Vol XXVII No 8, 4.14.03 to 4.27.03


Hanging With The Neighbors
by Rachel Reynolds -- 3/18/2003 – New Music Reporter (www.newmusicreporter.com)

In a green sequined halter top, singer AmyRo shook her hips and her tambourine seducing the crowd into The Neighbors set of mellow yet vibrant roots music at the first annual New Music Reporter convention.
Many musicians get insulted when compared to other artists, but AmyRo was overjoyed when I said her voice was reminiscent of Erykah Badu. Maybe it’s because The Neighbors invite you into an entirely different world than the R&B songstress – let loose and dance a little cause we’re all friends here. And with songs named “Belong” and “Home,” you quickly get the point.
“As a group, it’s about having fun and experiencing life,” said AmyRo.
The Neighbors started as, well, neighbors. You can easily imagine them spending long nights together eating pizza, drinking beer and jamming out. Drummer Dave Millard, who plays in a number of other Los Angeles-based bands, says it is a fitting name aside from their geographical closeness.
“The best thing about The Neighbors is they all have such a good energy. They’re just really nice people,” said Dave.
You enter the “Roberts’ Ranch,” the home AmyRo shares with her conga playing husband Sean that doubles as practice space, and there is music everywhere. From Interpol blasting from a stereo in the kitchen, to a three-guitar, skat singing jam session in the back, to -- my personal favorite -- an animated Sean singing along loudly with his favorite hits and playing air guitar in the living room by himself.
The individual eccentricities of the band members, which also includes Ian Watermeier on electric guitar, Brian Wenke on acoustic guitar, and Brian McKenzie on bass, meld together to create an intoxicating energy on stage. AmyRo says the recent addition of Dave on drums has solidified their sound and they’re already seeing the results in their growing group of fans.
“Our audience is growing and it’s becoming people we don’t know, people that are strangers and acquaintances. And they’re hoopin’ and hollering out there, so that’s a good sign I think,” said Amy.
Amy says it’s been a struggle since she arrived in Los Angeles five years ago, but nothing about The Neighbors’ performance at the NMR convention hinted of a struggle. Rather, AmyRo commanded the stage, actively courting the audiences’ involvement in their groove and welcoming them into the neighborhood without judgment.
You can hear The Neighbors at www.mp3.com/The_Neighbors_Band or check out one of their upcoming lives shows at Westwood Brewing Co. on March 18 and Molly Malone’s on March 22.


- New Music Reporter Los Angeles


Hanging With The Neighbors
by Rachel Reynolds -- 3/18/2003 – New Music Reporter (www.newmusicreporter.com)

In a green sequined halter top, singer AmyRo shook her hips and her tambourine seducing the crowd into The Neighbors set of mellow yet vibrant roots music at the first annual New Music Reporter convention.
Many musicians get insulted when compared to other artists, but AmyRo was overjoyed when I said her voice was reminiscent of Erykah Badu. Maybe it’s because The Neighbors invite you into an entirely different world than the R&B songstress – let loose and dance a little cause we’re all friends here. And with songs named “Belong” and “Home,” you quickly get the point.
“As a group, it’s about having fun and experiencing life,” said AmyRo.
The Neighbors started as, well, neighbors. You can easily imagine them spending long nights together eating pizza, drinking beer and jamming out. Drummer Dave Millard, who plays in a number of other Los Angeles-based bands, says it is a fitting name aside from their geographical closeness.
“The best thing about The Neighbors is they all have such a good energy. They’re just really nice people,” said Dave.
You enter the “Roberts’ Ranch,” the home AmyRo shares with her conga playing husband Sean that doubles as practice space, and there is music everywhere. From Interpol blasting from a stereo in the kitchen, to a three-guitar, skat singing jam session in the back, to -- my personal favorite -- an animated Sean singing along loudly with his favorite hits and playing air guitar in the living room by himself.
The individual eccentricities of the band members, which also includes Ian Watermeier on electric guitar, Brian Wenke on acoustic guitar, and Brian McKenzie on bass, meld together to create an intoxicating energy on stage. AmyRo says the recent addition of Dave on drums has solidified their sound and they’re already seeing the results in their growing group of fans.
“Our audience is growing and it’s becoming people we don’t know, people that are strangers and acquaintances. And they’re hoopin’ and hollering out there, so that’s a good sign I think,” said Amy.
Amy says it’s been a struggle since she arrived in Los Angeles five years ago, but nothing about The Neighbors’ performance at the NMR convention hinted of a struggle. Rather, AmyRo commanded the stage, actively courting the audiences’ involvement in their groove and welcoming them into the neighborhood without judgment.
You can hear The Neighbors at www.mp3.com/The_Neighbors_Band or check out one of their upcoming lives shows at Westwood Brewing Co. on March 18 and Molly Malone’s on March 22.


- New Music Reporter Los Angeles


Discography

Debut Album "It Is" due out by Thanksgiving 2006!

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Bio

Amy Roberts' versatile vocals shine with every facet of her songwriting - ranging from velvety smooth to soulfully raw. Her music entices with solid grooves and poetic lyrics and her style is its own, unique blend of pop, rock & soul. Amy has been in the studio for the past year recording her debut album, "It Is", due out this November on indie label Indyla Records. The album is being produced and created by Amy, Josh Prince (producer) and Dan Marfisi (Jones House Music, arranger/musician). Mixed & mastered at Soundmoves Studios by Michael Woodrum.
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