Five bands influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel - Reverb

Without Neutral Milk Hotel would these five bands exist?

Jeff Mangum played the Ogden Theatre on Thursday. Photo courtesy of ogdentheatre.net.

Neutral Milk Hotel comes to Denver and Boulder next week as part of its reunion tour.

To most, Neutral Milk Hotel epitomizes weird hipster music. The ridiculous name, bizarre lyrics and Jeff Mangum’s shrill shout-singing all make the band a prime target for haters.

Neutral Milk Hotel’s second and seminal album, “In An Aeroplane Over The Sea,” was released in 1998 (and recorded in Denver), after wearing neon short-shorts was acceptable and before they became ironically cool. There are a handful of modern indie rock bands who owe bits of their musical genetics to the band, however, making them the proto indie band in one respect.

Here, we run down five such bands, who without Neutral Milk Hotel might still be trying to make the next “Pinkerton.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Arcade Fire

Aside from starting out on the same label (Butler mentioned the fact Neutral Milk Hotel was apart of Merge as one reason they joined the label), there’s a lot of NMH in Arcade Fire. Listening to each, neither bands sounds tied to any one sound over the course of an album. Instead, they flaunt convention—if an accordion sounds good in a song, they’ll throw it in.

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