14/11/19

Neon Indian returns with new single Toyota Man

Neon Indian has made a long-awaited return with his new single Toyota Man - listen here. The video was filmed on the US/Mexico border, and features a Trump piñata: 

The track marks a new era for Alan Palomo's project, as it's his first song in his native language (Spanish) while musically introducing a new psych-cumbia infused direction. "We came here to study, we want to work" he sings as a protest, playfully followed by duelling riffs of La Cucaracha with the Star-Spangled Banner.

In the years since his third album VEGA INTL. Night School, Palomo focused on cinema. He composed several film scores and even had time to debut a short film: 86'd, which is a final recap of the universe he created for that album.

Alan explains the Toyota Man video, which he also directed: 

"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. 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. My family and I had a ton of fun making this and I hope it’s equally as fun to watch. Enjoy!"

Neon Indian is out on tour currently - see all dates below and get tickets here.

  • 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 
  • 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

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