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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Looking Forward to ASD Fest, Reason 1: Neon Indian's Explosive Synth-Psych

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM

There are less than three weeks left until July 25, when the All Shook Down Festival takes over North Beach for a day of Veuve Cliquot-quality music at a High Life price. Which means it's time to start getting to know the performers. We begin today with Neon Indian, chief perpetrator of the much-blogged (and questionably named) chillwave movement.

Neon Indian's Alan Palomo
  • Neon Indian's Alan Palomo
The rundown: Neon Indian

Real name: Alan Palomo 

Hails from: Denton, Texas

Sounds like: Synthy '80s pop built on pummeling beats, inlaid with Sabbathy guitars

Songs to know: "Deadbeat Summer," "Should Have Taken Acid With You," "Psychic Chasms," "Ephemeral Artery"

Live show notes: At his Mezzanine show in March, Palomo showed up with a full band -- drums, guitars, and another synth player -- and rocked like he doesn't know what the fuck "chillwave" means. (Neither do we.) Fear not, fist-shakers, bedroom music Neon Indian is not. Rock vibes aplenty stream out of those plasticky synths, and you can shake your hips to this stuff, too.

And furthermore: See what Neon Indian did to this year's Bonnaroo crowd after the jump.

In this video, guitarist Ronald Geirhart throws out some six-string fireballs before, at about 1:30, Palomo and his (quite able) live crew bust into "Ephemeral Artery," a banger from the backside of Neon Indian's debut LP, Psychic Chasms. Now imagine this on a smaller stage in North Beach...

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