Neon Indian shares “Toyota Man” single & video; tour starts tonight in Brooklyn
It’s been five years since Alan Palomo released a Neon Indian album — he’s been dabbling in film since then — but things are stirring in his world now. He’s on tour as we speak, and he’s just shared this new single that has that familiar, nostalgic chillwave vibe, as well as a pretty cool video that he directed himself that co-stars a paper mache Donald Trump.
“‘Toyota Man’ was filmed along the road map of what essentially was my path to American citizenship: Monterrey, the Nuevo Laredo border, San Antonio, and finally Austin,” says Alan. “The process is a multiple decade commute known by many Latinos and other Americans. Though my music has always been generally apolitical, I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized. Recognizing the absurdity of it all, I thought it would be refreshing to address the social narrative around immigration through comedy – nods to Benny Hill, misremembered San Antonio car commercials, and School House Rock.” There’s a little nod to “Subterranean Homesick Blues” in there, too. You can watch the video below.
Neon Indian’s tour kicks off tonight with a sold-out show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere and he’ll be back at Elsewhere for a New Year’s Eve DJ set with Amtrac, Sybil Jason and Half Moon (tickets). All dates are listed below.
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NEON INDIAN TOUR DATES:
11/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Elsewhere * [SOLD OUT]
11/16 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club *
11/17 – Boston MA @ Big Night Live *
11/20 – Montreal QC @ L’Astral #
11/21 – Toronto ON @ Velvet Underground # [SOLD OUT]
11/22 – Detroit MI @ El Club +
11/23 – Chicago IL @ Metro +
11/24 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club +
11/26 – Omaha NE @ Slowdown +
11/27 – Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater +
11/29 – Salt Lake City UT @ Metro +
12/31- Brooklyn NY @ Elsewhere DJ SET
* = with Sateen
# = with Sauna
+ = with Lou Rebecca