It is happening, people. Neutral Milk Hotel comes to the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre this Thursday the 27th. Hopefully you bought your ticket, though, because it appears to already be sold out. Nearly 16 years after the release of their legendary In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Jeff Mangum and his crew come to Indy.
Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has been revered as one of the most influential rock albums of the nineties. However, just as they were gaining momentum, they abruptly disbanded and a decade long hiatus then ensued. Almost two years ago, Mangum went on a solo tour playing much of ITAOTS and some of the band’s early release On Avery Island. He actually stopped through Bloomington to play at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. This time around, though, Mangum brings the original NMH lineup plus a horn section.
Vibrant lyricism and colorful American rock roots saturate the Neutral Milk Hotel sound. Mangum’s sporadic lines coupled with his poetic imagery fuel the power behind these songs. The mythical status that ITAOTS has reached within the indie rock community is undeniable. The band’s influence can be heard in relevant artists like The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, and Conor Oberst to name a few.
If you call yourself a NMH fan, or are even remotely curious about their influential sound, try your hardest to buy a ticket to this concert. Thursday March 27th will be a truly rare opportunity to see such beautiful musicianship.
Thursday, March 27