Captains Rest, Tue 1 Dec 2009
Playing the opening night of their first European tour, Alan Palamo’s most recent outfit paid great homage to the synth-pop sounds of the 80s on debut LP Psychic Chasms.
Songs like ‘Deadbeat Summer’ and ‘Shouldn’t Have Taken Acid With You’ show the band at their nostalgic, offbeat finest, but Alan Palamo’s vocals – which are drowned out throughout the entire set – aren’t particularly strong, and lack any of the passion displayed in his lyrics.
Unfortunately, despite the aforementioned stand out tracks, and some excellent sampling, Neon Indian have about as much stage presence as a stuffed cat, making the short set seem somewhat indefinite.
If tonight’s show is anything to go by, this is one act most definitely undeserved of the recent hype piled upon them. Certainly, there are several moments during the show that would seemingly justify the interest, but these are far and few between. And while Palamo definitely has an eye for lyrical content, as well as some excellent ideas, he needs to realise that two great songs, does not a good band make.