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Good news for fans of folk experimentalists Neutral Milk Hotel – the American quartet have reformed after over 15 years apart and are bringing their most celebrated lineup back together for a string of live shows, including Australia.
As reported, Down Under was the first destination to be confirmed for the reunion tour of the much-loved indie weirdos, although so far the only dates to be officially announced are three US gigs and one show in both Taiwan and Japan, all taking place this spring. If the band heads to Australia from their 1st December Tokyo show, they could be in the country right on time for an appearance at Meredith Music Festival, although that might just be wishful speculation on our part.
The reformed lineup of Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane and Julian Koster is that of their most celebrated album, 1998's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, released the year before the band went on an indefinite hiatus. Following the split, singer Mangum became somewhat of a recluse, disappearing from the public eye and refusing interviews until 2011, when he began releasing solo material, followed by a 2012 tour.
No word yet as to whether the band is planning to play In The Aeroplane Over The Sea in full but if the random image posted to their official site last week is anything to go by, maybe they’re planning new material too – we’ll have to wait and see.