As Pitchfork reports, Neutral Milk Hotel announced a spate of new tour dates earlier this week with the message that this will be their last tour “for the foreseeable future.” The band regrouped last year for the first time since 1999, staging a widely successful world tour.
Neutral Milk Hotel was one of the most influential bands to rise from the Athens music scene in the 1990s. Their 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a seminal album for indie rock, influencing bands such as Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver, and Franz Ferdinand. However, shortly after releasing their most famous album, the band retreated from the spotlight, allowing their success to rise mainly by word of mouth and unreleased archival material.
The above video, taken at Athens’ famous 40 Watt Club in 1997, is a rarity for the band, as they typically prohibit recordings of their shows.