Nothing solidifies a bro bond between two bands better than a joint tour. As a unit, they toil through the monotonous schedule of playing the music, hitting another town, barely sleeping, eating Quiznos again, etc. It's a never-ending cycle similar to that of the food chain. However, the relationships that blossom on the stage are child's play compared to the deep emotional roots that grow behind the scenes. Yeah yeah, they share the daily horror of gas station restrooms, but what is the real deal there? How does a tour brolationship happen?
Lets take Neon Indian and Miniature Tigers, for example. The two groups played together this August and we, as habitual bros ourselves, documented the natural broings on that took place offstage at their show at Webster Hall. As a window into tour psychology, Alan Palomo of Neon Indian and Charlie of Miniature Tigers lit up a couple ciggies outside the venue and spent some time talking about music and their processes. And true to their tour-friend rapport, they broached topics only the bro-intimate could pose: Alan inquired about the making of Miniature Tigers' new album Fortress while Charlie proposed to Alan that the second verse of "Should Have Taken Acid With You" probably should have included the line "I want to hold you baby" or something like that. It was like a Jungian reality TV show dream about music come true! It was also kind of like spying on your older brother and his friends smoking in the garage before they realize you're there and yell at you to get out.
But now, thanks to these dudes, we kind of get it. Music just makes for deeper bonds. Sharing is caring, whether emotionally, spiritually or commercially (related: pick up the new Neon Indian MP3 below). We really learned something today.