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Neon Indian returns with pro-immigrant satire “Toyota Man” video starring a Trump piñata, filmed along the US / Mexico border

VIDEO: “Toyota Man” –
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Neon Indian returns in 2019 with “Toyota Man.” This track marks a new era for Alan Palomo’s project, as it’s his first song in his native language (Spanish) while musically introducing a new psych-cumbia infused direction. “We came here to study, we want to work,” he sings as a protest, playfully followed by dueling riffs of “La Cucaracha” with the Star-Spangled Banner.


In the years since his third album VEGA INTL. Night School, Palomo focused on cinema. He composed several film scores and even had time to debut a short film: 86’d, which is a final recap of the universe he created for that album.

Alan explains the “Toyota Man” video, which he also directed:

“Toyota Man” was filmed along the road map of what essentially was my path to American citizenship: Monterrey, the Nuevo Laredo border, San Antonio, and finally Austin. The process is a multiple decade commute known by many Latinos and other Americans. Though my music has always been generally apolitical, I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized. Recognizing the absurdity of it all, I thought it would be refreshing to address the social narrative around immigration through comedy – nods to Benny Hill, misremembered San Antonio car commercials, and School House Rock. My family and I had a ton of fun making this and I hope it’s equally as fun to watch. Enjoy!”
-Alan Palomo


11/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Elsewhere * [SOLD OUT] 11/16 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club *
11/17 – Boston MA @ Big Night Live *
11/20 – Montreal QC @ L’Astral #
11/21 – Toronto ON @ Velvet Underground # [SOLD OUT] 11/22 – Detroit MI @ El Club +
11/23 – Chicago IL @ Metro +
11/24 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club +
11/26 – Omaha NE @ Slowdown +
11/27 – Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater +
11/29 – Salt Lake City UT @ Metro +
12/31- Brooklyn NY @ Elsewhere DJ SET

* = with Sateen
# = with Sauna
+ = with Lou Rebecca