Neon Indian

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Neon Indian
Alan Palomo 2015.jpg
Alan Palomo of Neon Indian performing at Republic New Orleans in 2015
Background information
Origin Denton, Texas, U.S.
Years active 2008–present
  • Alan Palomo
  • Drew Erickson
  • Jason Faries
  • Jorge Palomo
  • Max Townsley
Past members
  • Ronald Gierhart
  • Leanne Macomber
  • Joshua McWhirter
  • Ed Priesner

Neon Indian is an American electronic music[1] band from Denton, Texas.[2] The music is composed by Mexican-born Alan Palomo (born July 24, 1988), who is also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler, and as the solo artist VEGA. The band's debut studio album, Psychic Chasms, was released in October 2009 to favorable reviews. Rolling Stone named Neon Indian one of the best new bands of 2010.[3] Their second studio album, Era Extraña, was released in September 2011, followed by VEGA INTL. Night School in October 2015.



Palomo was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and later moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 5, relocating to Denton, Texas for college at the University of North Texas. He had already been writing and performing music before the inception of Neon Indian, in his projects Ghosthustler and VEGA, through much of his high school years. Shortly before the release of Psychic Chasms, Palomo said he planned on releasing another album as VEGA, although this did not happen.[4] In an interview, Palomo cites his father as a musical influence, "just because that's how he makes his living—he had a brief stint in the late 70s and early 80s as a Mexican pop star." Palomo also said that he sampled some of his father's material in his work with Neon Indian.[5]

The name Neon Indian was conceived by an ex-girlfriend of Palomo's, Alicia Scardetta, who was also the subject of their song "Should Have Taken Acid with You".[5] The song was originally presented as a musical apology for a missed acid date. Her positive reaction to the song spurred Palomo to continue writing more songs as Neon Indian.[5]

2009–10: Psychic Chasms[edit]

Neon Indian's debut album, Psychic Chasms, was released on October 13, 2009 by Lefse Records. The album was designated Best New Music by Pitchfork Media,[6] and Spin magazine praised it as a "dreamy collage of samples and synth tones".[7] Pitchfork named Psychic Chasms the 14th best album of 2009,[8] while including the songs "Deadbeat Summer" and "Should Have Taken Acid with You" at numbers 13 and 74, respectively, on its list of Top 100 Tracks of 2009.[9][10]

Psychic Chasms was re-released in September 2010, including a set of bonus remixes titled Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed. In the United Kingdom, the reissue also contains "Sleep Paralysist" as a bonus track.[11]

2011–2013: Era Extraña and Errata Anex[edit]

Recorded in Helsinki, Finland during the winter of 2010, Neon Indian's second studio album, Era Extraña (a Spanish-language title, literally "Strange Era" or "She Was Strange" or "She Was a Stranger", depending on the context), was released September 13, 2011 on Palomo's Static Tongues imprint.[12] Soon after the album's release, the band embarked on a North American tour, featuring Purity Ring and Com Truise as opening acts.[13][14]

A short video filmed in Helsinki was released on April 20, 2011, featuring an excerpt from the track "Heart: Attack", the first of a three-part instrumental piece that appeared on the album.[15] It was followed by "Heart: Decay" and "Heart: Release".[12]

On September 4, 2011, the album was made available to stream in full on NPR's "First Listen" for a limited time.[16]

The extended play Errata Anex was released on April 9, 2013, containing remixes of five tracks from Era Extraña by Optimo, Boyd Rice, Patten, Actress and Twin Shadow. "These remixes are a small collection found along the way of my year on the road while we were touring Era Extraña. The artists were chosen by whatever most consistently blared out of my headphones", Palomo said of the EP.[17]

Neon Indian contributed the song "Change of Coast" exclusively to the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto V, released on September 24, 2013.[18]

2014–present: VEGA INTL. Night School[edit]

On December 30, 2014 Palomo announced via his Instagram account that he was hard at work on a new album, slated to be released sometime in 2015.[19]

On May 26, 2015, the single "Annie" was released.[20]

On August 13, 2015, Palomo revealed that the name of the third album would be VEGA INTL. Night School, with October 16 as the release date.[21] At the same time, he also released "Slumlord," the second single off that album. Third single "The Glitzy Hive" was released on October 8.

Tour and live performances[edit]

When performing, Palomo is joined on stage by a live band, which originally consisted of Jason Faries (drums), Leanne Macomber (keyboard, vocals) and Lars Larsen (live visuals).[22] Ronald Gierhart played guitar and sang in the live group prior to 2011, leaving to finish college and begin a solo project called Ronnie Heart.[23]

On February 11, 2010, Neon Indian made their live television debut on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing a medley of the songs "Terminally Chill" and "Ephemeral Artery".[24][25]

Palomo later revised the live lineup, with only Faries remaining from the original backing band. Added were keyboardist Drew Erickson, guitar and synth player Max Townsley, and Palomo's brother, bassist Jorge Palomo.[26]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Dance
US Rock
Psychic Chasms 11
Era Extraña
  • Released: September 7, 2011
  • Label: Static Tongues, Mom + Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
74 4 21 193
VEGA INTL. Night School
  • Released: October 16, 2015
  • Label: Mom + Pop
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
100 14
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]


  • "Deadbeat Summer" (2010)
  • "Sleep Paralysist" (2010)
  • "Fallout" (2011)
  • "Polish Girl" (2011)
  • "Hex Girlfriend" (2012)
  • "Annie" (2015)
  • "Slumlord" (2015)
  • "The Glitzy Hive" (2015)

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Sleep Paralysist" 2010 Aaron Brown and Ben Chappell[31]
"6669 (I Don't Know If You Know)" João Machado[32]
"Mind, Drips" Lars Larsen[33]
"Polish Girl" 2011 Tim Nackashi[34]
"Fallout" 2012 Lilfuchs[35]
"Slumlord" 2015 Tim Nackashi and Alan Palomo[36]


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