Neutral Milk Hotel, the indie rock band behind the seminal album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” has announced a five-show reunion tour. Previously, the band’s lead singer and songwriter Jeff Mangum has played several highly lauded solo shows, but this will be the band’s first full reunion since 1998.
According to an announcement on the band’s website, Neutral Milk Hotel will be reuniting this fall for five full-band shows featuring the group’s original lineup of Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane and Julian Koster for the first time in 15 years.
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Two shows will take place in the band’s hometown of Athens, Ga., while others will be held in North Carolina, Japan and Taiwan. More concerts are expected to be announced soon.
Joining Neutral Milk Hotel on their tour will be former Elephant 6 label mates Elf Power as well as Half Japanese and Daniel Johnston.
In recent years, the band’s reclusive frontman Jeff Mangum has stepped back into the limelight for several live concerts and tours, but the band’s upcoming five concerts will be the first time that Neutral Milk Hotel has played together as a full band since 1998. Previously, Mangum embarked on several short solo tours from 2011 to 2012.
In 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel released their sophomore record “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” which was quickly hailed as one of the best indie rock records of the decade. Soon after the album’s explosive success, Neutral Milk Hotel announced a hiatus due to the stresses of touring and played their last full-band show in late 1989.
Over time, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” became legendary for its ethereal instrumentation and enigmatic lyrics. Neutral Milk Hotel and its chief songwriter Manhum soon developed an almost cult-like fandom, which was somewhat exacerbated by the romantic image of Mangum as a reclusive artist akin to J.D. Salinger.