Dreamers of the Ghetto, Friends, and Neon Indian at Rhino’s.
By: Alex Peacock
As the pumping waves of “6669 (I don’t know if you know?)” hit me below lead singer Alan Palomo’s cascading voice mixed with these beats I began to realize that this has truly been one heck of an exhilarating night.
The night began with an excursion to Chipotle, so with food in my stomach, I moseyed down to Rhino’s. After some waiting, the doors opened and the show soon began. Seeing as Neon Indian is one of my favorite artists, I had been anticipating this show for a very long time, yet I was unfamiliar with the opening acts. I was excited to see Neon Indian and find out what I thought of the opening bands: Dreamers of the Ghetto and Friends.
And without further adieu the show began, with local band Dreamers of the Ghetto starting off. The band had a very post-modern rock feel to them, but with a jamming sort of consistency. Their strong vocals were heightened by the lead singer’s great energy, who had the spunk of a British punk rocker. Their guitarist was where the jamming aspect was prevalent, with his continuous patterns of note rifts giving somewhat of a psychedelic feel to the music. Their drummer and keyboarder were solid as well, creating depth to the layering of their music.
Soon after came Brooklyn natives, Friends, who created a lot of energy with their female leading vocalist and interaction with the audience. Their performance made the event a more intimate affair. They had a funky sound, with a hip hop drum kit flare and smooth rhythm that just made dancing and enjoying the music very groovy. By the time this was over, I was pumped up and ready for the main event, Neon Indian.
I was ecstatic when they began to set up and then he finally jumped up onto the stage. His music waved around the room, accompanied by his smoke machine and light show that filled the scenery with wonder. Playing songs from both Psychic Chasms and Era Extraña made the show all the more enjoyable, as I think both works are each great in their own ways. He played every song I wanted to hear, such as “Fallout,” “Deadbeat Summer,” and “Should Have Taken Acid With You.” He played each one just as I remember, with all of the chillwave eclectic beauty, now with a live drum set and some different pitches, which made the show unique.
Even once they thought they had to be done, they said “screw it” and played a few more songs, which just made the night all the more magical. I walked out of Rhino’s with ringing ears and a warm heart, and the show was instantly added to the growing list of my all time favorite shows.