Celebrating the release of their first album in four years and their fist Music City outing in just as long, chillwave pioneers turned synthpop powerhouse Neon Indian will finally make their return to Nashville tonight, April 12 at Exit/In. The musical vehicle for talented Texas songwriter Alan Palomo, Neon Indian have managed to evolve, remain fresh, and consistently capture critical and commercial praise in their near decade-long run, making them one of the most sought after live acts in indie music. Tickets to tonight’s outing are still available right here, and local trio PANGSa have been tapped to open, so grab yours now and read on for details!
Though technically operating and performing as a band, Neon Indian are, primarily, a musical vehicle for frontman and songwriter Alan Palomo. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Palomo formally started the project in 2008, releasing his critically acclaimed debut full-length as Neon Indian, Psychic Chasms, in 2009, at just 21 years old. An integral part in helping usher in and popularize the indie/lo-fi/electro-infused subgenre known as chillwave, Neon Indian are one of the few acts from that particular scene who’ve managed to weather its decline in popularity, a testament to Alan’s more expansive, adaptive artistic sensibilities. The band’s more psychedelic, shoegaze, and new wave inspired sophomore effort, Era Extrana, arrived in 2011, met with the same critical acclaim as its predecessor, but the subsequent several years saw Neon Indian slow down a bit, their third LP, VEGA INTL. Night School, finally arriving late last year. Marking a greater production polish and a shift towards more pop, disco, and dance-ready funk sensibilities, the new record is certainly the biggest leap of Neon Indian’s career, and one that really pays off in a worthwhile and necessary way to keep their momentum going in 2016. Hypnotic, engaging, and seasoned in concert, Palomo and co. have become festival and television staples over the last few years, and their return to Nashville will surely be an unforgettable experience.
Local dreampop trio PANGS (not to be confused we a band we told you about previously, Pang, who more or less regrouped as Carey) are relatively new to the scene, and are fronted by Lindsay Johns, previously of Nudity. Their electro-infused, laid back sound is a perfect match for Neon Indian, and they’re a definite local band to keep an eye on, so be sure to show up early to see what they’re all about!
Neon Indian and PANGS will perform tonight, April 12 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available for $22.