For many musicians, their work is a labor of love but for Neon Indian it is a whole new level where you’d find them constantly buckled down working on something, if not on music. With a relentless touring schedule that’s not stopping anytime soon, I am grateful frontman Alan Palomo, took the time to discuss the future, his many other projects and some guy literally stabbing himself in the back.
TWYE: I was fortunate enough to catch you at one of your few Australian shows recently. How did the crowds respond to your sets because if I remember correctly, Psychic Chasms was yet to be released here?
Alan Palomo: It was definitely a pleasant surprise because there were people who were genuinely excited about it and even in Melbourne, where I’ve done some recordings with Miami Horror, I think it was a good segue way into my stuff because I remember I went on stage during Miami Horror’s set. But in terms of going to a new country, I think the objective is really to try and give people a solid impression of what it is you do in a live environment. From what I can tell, people were definitely fascinated.
TWYE: Do the reactions differ from place to place?
AP: Oh yeah, absolutely. We kind of hone in on our live show in a way where there’s a lot of experimentation, and that’s what the live show becomes about after a while. We have intro melodies as a segue to each of the songs where we’d take a component from the last song with the next one and have this weird modulus snyth duration and it seems like people get really into it. But yeah, it does show that once they’re familiar with your music, people really get exited and know what to expect.
TWYE: Hidden in the depths of my music collection I found a track from your VEGA and Ghosthustler projects and found parallels between them and Neon Indian, as if they were the build up to what Neon Indian sounds like today. Were these projects intended to be aesthetically similar?