A little over a month ago, I attended
Brooklyn's House of Vans to see Neon Indian
, AKA singer/producer/film director Alan Palomo, but there was a small plot twist: Palomo's regular set turned into a DJ set due to his drummer's health issues. Not a big deal, since the band's health comes first, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bummed about not hearing anything off of Vega Intl. Night School
Luckily, about a month later, Palomo came back to New York, this time at East River Park in downtown Manhattan, for a free show as part of the SummerStage series. I've never been to this location for a show before so I didn't know what to expect. Getting there was a bit of a shit show -- it took me two ubers, since the first one dropped me off at the ferry, and then after the second one I still had to walk a solid mile. But let me say this: It was well worth it. We were completely surrounded by the the skyline and the water, which created a perfect breeze and everything was comfortable. It felt like a perfect night to throw some Neon Indian into the mix.
Palomo came out in an almost-all-white outfit, him and his band looking groovy, with a little neon light in the background. He had a guitarist, bassist, drummer (YES! He's back and healthy!), keyboardist, and every once in a while he played some sort of synth and percussion himself. He played almost everything off of Vega
which made me happy -- and do NOT call me a poser for that. I heard someone behind me say, "I just want to hear 'Polish Girl.'" Seriously.
The sound was a bit rough at times, to the point where Palomo went to go check in with the sound guy for a second, but nothing too bad. As the band continued to play, the sun went down and the temperature hit an all time high of PERFECTION. Everyone in the crowd looked so happy -- they were either huge fans of Neon Indian, or they just came because they heard it was free, but now they're "gonna start listening to this guy, 'cause he's actually pretty good!" Yeah, I heard someone say that as well. It's mid-August, at a time when we should start feeling the end-of-summer-blues is actually when we felt happiest. Palomo had an incredible energy, making nerdy jokes in between songs, the weather was right, people were dancing, and we were in the best, most beautiful city. Oh, and Palomo came out and performed "Polish Girl" for the encore, so even the poser behind me was happy. Thanks for adding another memory to our summer, Neon Indian.