One of America’s most beloved indie rock bands is back. Neutral Milk Hotel is set for their comeback tour beginning October 11 at Baltimore’s 2640 Space. All four original members including Jeff Mangum will tour for the first time since their split in 1999 in support of their widely popular second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Released in 1998, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was an instant classic with hits like “Holland 1945”, “Two Headed Boy”, and “Oh Comely” on the track list. These singalongs will again be on the Neutral Milk Hotel set list when Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster hit the road for over 25 shows in North America between now and February. Many have speculated whether Aeroplane lyrics were inspired by Anne Frank and the Holocaust, but this has yet to be confirmed by the band themselves.
The indie rock pioneers remain relevant today. Although the group had been split up for more than a decade, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea continued to have success on the shelves. In 2008, it was the sixth best-selling vinyl album of the year. NMH sound has influenced many like groups including Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. Many of the aforementioned hits off their second album have been covered by many artists like “Holland 1945” by Kevin Devine and “Two Headed Boy” by The Mountain Goats and The Dresden Dolls.
Neutral Milk Hotel tickets are a reasonable $113 on average. Most cities that the influential band stops in have multiple shows including: Boston, Toronto, New York City, Chicago, Austin, and New Orleans (where Mangum was born). Between NMH’s North American leg, the foursome will visit Australia in November and Europe in May. Neutral Milk Hotel’s show in Montreal is the most expensive of the tour while NMH tickets in Kansas City are the cheapest.