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Neutral Milk Hotel to reform for first live shows since 1999

Cult band return with bizarre statement on website

Neutral Milk Hotel have announced that they will reunite to play their first live shows since 1999.

The cult band have been on hiatus since their last studio album – 1998’s ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’ and its subsequent tour. Aside from a 2001 live album and a 2002 album of Bulgarian music, the band have been keeping a low profile – although singer Jeff Mangum played a string of solo dates in 2010 and curated ATP at Butlins in Minehead in March last year (2012).

In a bizarre statement on their website, the band announced five dates in the US and Asia, promising “more to come”. As yet no UK dates have been announced. Accompanying the announcement, a cryptic statement reads:

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As Pitchfork report, the touring line-up will consist of Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes.

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