Watch Neon Indian perform ‘The Glitzy Hive’ using Kinect sensors

Neon Indian: that crazy, electronic, nostalgic blend of psychedelic 80’s-esque pop. Now, he has found a method to generate a light show as bedazzling and enthralling as their music.

The Texan native shared a live performance video of their track The Glitzy Hive shot last week at Manhattan’s Webster Hall, during the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. The crazy visual display in the background is generated by New York creative agency Listen, who linked up Alan Palomo and his band with Kinect sensors that reacted to their movements on stage.

Kinect, for all you would-be tech heads, is a Microsoft motion sensing input device most commonly used in Xboxes. The dancing projections playing behind Palomo are generated in real time using five Microsoft sensors. The end product is a constantly changing visual show that looks faintly reminiscent of human movement in form.

The Glitzy Hive comes straight off Neon Indian’s latest album VEGA INTL. Night School, following on from singles Slumlord and Annie. It opened to resoundingly good reviews, and for good reason too – it’s pretty fucking amazing. The album was recorded in variety of weird locations, among them a cabin aboard a cruise ship, DFA’s Plantain Studios in NY, Pure X’s practise space in Austin and Ben Allen’s studio in Atlanta.

The band even released an apocalyptic short film for track Slumlord Rising, with 80’s synths sounding like they’re straight out of Blade Runner

Neon Indian is here in December for their Australian tour. Check out the dates below to see where you can catch their epic live performances.


Friday 11, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December – Meredith Music Festival

Monday 14 December  – University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW (18+) – Tickets

Tuesday 15 December – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney NSW (18+) – Tickets

Wednesday 16 December – The Foundry, Brisbane QLD (18+) – Tickets