Provo, UT’s poppy dance-punk band Neon Trees features vocalist/keyboardist Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell, and drummer/vocalist Elaine Bradley.
The band perfected their new wave-tinged sound at local shows and got their big break when they were chosen to be one of the opening acts for the Killers’ 2008 North American tour.
Early the following year, Neon Trees were signed to Mercury Records. They released the first album « Habits » on March 16, 2010. The album’s lead single, « Animal » was featured in several commercials, including those for Camp Vegas,and has reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Alternative Rock chart. « 1983 » received a music video, the single was released on September 28, 2010.
Picture Show is the second studio album by Neon Trees. The lead single, « Everybody Talks », was released on December 20, 2011, and the album was released on April 17, 2012 The album was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and mixed and engineered by Billy Bush.
How are you?
I am great.
The first obvious question is where did your name come from?
It was a fake band my friends and I started in high school. There were these neon palm tree lights at a restaurant my friends and I would hang out at.
How did the band form?
Chris our guitar player, and myself met in southern California, and started writing songs together. He moved to Utah for school, I followed to distract him. We met the others throughout the music scene and formed this band.
Your second album « Picture Show » is out, how would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t heard it?
We are a post punk soul pop rock n roll band. Dig it.
Tell us three things should everyone know about Neon Trees?
We put on a show, we are quite nice and funny, and we don’t subscribe to the rock n roll lifestyle traditionally, we make our own rules.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
Stay true to the dreams of your youth, live your life as YOU. SING!
Digital days indeed : so what is on your iPod ?
Twin Shadow, Kanye West, Robyn. My favorites lately.
Well that’s all my questions, thanks. Any closing words for TEEZ’FM listeners?
Thank you for listening!
Thanks to Jazmine & Neon Trees
Interview By Thierry Jaussaud