The new Utah based alterna-rock sensation Neon Trees formed about 3 years ago and is made up of Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keyboards), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals).
Habits is the name of the debut pop-rock tinged album, which was released March 16th on Mercury Records. Leading with the climbing hit single “Animal”, Neon Trees is paving a road for success. “Animal” has already appeared on hit CW shows like “Melrose Place”. With a catchy hook that attaches itself to you the more you listen to it, “Animal” was the perfect first single for the band. “I’m kind of a masochist when I’m in love,” lead singer Tyler Glenn told StarShine in a recent interview when asked about the song. “I feel like we’re all kind of animals when we’re in love when you strip it down. We’re all territorial.”
To celebrate the release of the album, Neon Trees have been promoting, performing and partying at Austin, Texas’ hottest event of the year—SXSW! “It’s only the coolest way to celebrate it ever,” girl drummer, Elaine Bradley quipped.
Following SXSW, Neon Trees will perform on Jimmy Kimmel live on March 30th before joining Mute Math opening for 30 Seconds To Mars on the US leg of their “Into The Wild” tour from April 9th to May 15th. It’s no wonder why Alternative Press has declared Neon Trees one of the “Bands To Watch in 2010”!
Habits is available at iTunes and other popular retailers. The album features 8 perfectly produced tracks that aren’t too hardcore, but aren’t too cookie cutter. In fact, Neon Trees accomplishes something rare on their debut album: bridging the gap from several decades. With influences that include Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, REM, Depeche Mode, Neil Young & many more, this band developed a sound that could be believed as something created twenty years ago yet it sounds fresh enough to be played alongside current hitmakers. The band says bringing pop music back to rock & roll is one of their goals.
As far as the lyrical content, “it’s about the human experience,” explains Tyler. “The songs are about how we behave and the habits we develop in life and when we’re in love.” Aside from “Animal”, standout tracks include “Your Surrender” and “1983”.
Which song would Neon Trees dedicate to their fans? Elaine chose the first track on Habits, “Sins Of My Youth”. But if Tyler could choose ANY song in the world to give to their fans, it would be: “There’s a Light That Never Goes Out” by the Smiths. Tyler explains, “Because the light is neon and it never burns out.”
If Neon Trees’ future albums are anything like Habits, we don’t think their light will ever die.
Find out more about Neon Trees & catch them on tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and Mute Math this spring!