The Scoop: After an almost 14-year hiatus, Neutral Milk Hotel will be touring again this coming fall. Recently, Jeff Mangum had been doing a solo tour, but just recently NMH’s official website announced tour dates to start on October 11. The tour will start in Baltimore, sweep down through Georgia for two nights in their home town of Athens, and then end in Australia and Japan.
Along with Jeff Mangum, the band will feature Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane and Julian Koster, which is the same line-up that recorded In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Supporting acts include Elf Power, Half Japanese, Circulatory System, and Daniel Johnston. The website also promises more East and Midwest tour dates to be announced soon, as the majority of the dates are in the Southeast.
For more information and to see the tour dates, visit the band’s site.
The Spin: Personally, this is awesome to see. I’ve always been a fan of NMH, and it’s cool to see them decide to start putting around America so crowds can sing “King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1” in their nasally, whiny voices. It’s gonna be interesting to see how they will play the songs given the hiatus, as well as if they will have any new material. I have heard rumors of some new things, but nothing completely concrete. Either way, this tour looks promising.
The Question: Will Mangum and the others be up to snuff after a decade-and-a-half break? Do you think the tour will be mostly American, or will they add some more international dates? And do you think they may be missing out for not really having any western tour dates, as of yet? Let us know in the comments below!