Alan Palmero, who is the “Neon Indian,” is seriously talented. As a live act though, I’m not too sure if Wilbur will demand that we follow him to their stage. They use a lot of synths and sampled loops in their tunes and musically, I’m not sure how different their live sets have been from their recordings. On stage they play with a drummer (Jason Faries), keys/synth/vocals (Leanne Macomber) and usually a guitarist and/or bassist they pick up on tour (correct me if they’ve added a permanent member). Alan brings a lot of energy as the frontman and many of their songs are fairly ambient in nature, so I am not saying they need to be headbangin’ on stage, but their sound could be fuller and there could be more action in their performances.
Check out this recent clip of Neon Indian performing “Polish Girl” at the OFF Festival in Poland. There just isn’t much that is going on the stage to distinguish themselves from every other indie synth/pop band. They do travel with a full time lighting dude (Lars Larsen), but I think for Coachella they are going to have to step-up their game by adding more visuals and by bringing more energy to the stage. They could possibly add more musicians to fill out their sound. Coachella’s the time to make a statement with their performance. I have love for Neon Indian and am interested in seeing them but must admit they are not at the top of my list.
Watch: “Polish Girl” OFF Festival, Poland
Watch: “Should Have Taken Acid with You” @ MidPoint Indie Festival in Cincinnati