Neon Trees

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Neon Trees
Neon Trees in 2020
Neon Trees in 2020
Background information
OriginProvo, Utah, United States
Years active2005 (2005)–present
Past members
  • Mike Liechty
  • Jason Gibbons
  • Nathan Evans

Neon Trees is an American rock band from Provo, Utah. The band received nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they opened several North American tour dates for the band The Killers.[3] Not long after, the band was signed by Mercury Records and released their first studio album, Habits, in 2010.[4] Their first single, "Animal", climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart.


Formed initially by childhood friends Tyler Glenn (vocals, keyboards) and Chris Allen (guitar, vocals) who both grew up in Murrieta, California, the band made its first home in Provo after Glenn and Allen moved there from Southern California, eventually adding Branden Campbell (bass guitar, vocals) and Elaine Bradley (drums, percussion, vocals) to the lineup.[5] David Charles also plays with the band as touring guitarist.[6]

They first started playing under the name Neon Trees in late 2005 with five original members, Tyler Glenn and Chris Allen from California, and three veterans of the Utah music scene, bass player Mike Liechty, drummer Jason Gibbons and keyboardist Nathan Evans. The band's name originates from the lighted trees on the In-N-Out Burger signs, which inspired Tyler Glenn. In a strange coincidence, it was later learned that Branden Campbell's father, Steve Campbell, installed the exact Neon Trees in the In-N-Out that inspired Glenn while working for a sign company out of Las Vegas.

They released an EP, Becoming Different People, in 2006 during the time of their first tour through California. The EP featured promising songs like "Phones", "Sister Stereo", "Up Against the Glass". They also recorded other unreleased tracks during the "Treehouse Sessions" in 2006.

The band's lineup soon narrowed down to four members with Branden Campbell and Elaine Bradley joining the group on bass and drums, respectively. Shortly thereafter, The Killers' drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., went to watch the band play at a small club in Las Vegas as he had been in a Ska band called "Attaboy Skip" with Neon Trees bassist Branden Campbell prior to joining The Killers. Ronnie was impressed, and as a result they were chosen to open for The Killers for a string of dates on their 2008 North American tour. Vannucci later helped the band sign to major label Mercury Records, which was announced in late 2008. Additionally, the group was voted Band of the Year in 2009 by City Weekly, a popular Salt Lake City publication.[7]

2010–11: Habits and commercial breakthrough[edit]

Neon Trees at Music Midtown 2012

Although they had several prior independent releases, the band released its debut album on Mercury/Island Def Jam, Habits, on March 16, 2010.[8] "Animal" was chosen as the lead single[9] and was shortly thereafter featured as the Free Single of the Week on iTunes in March 2010. They performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 23, 2010, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 14, 2010, Lopez Tonight on October 18, 2010, Live! with Regis & Kelly on November 4, 2010, and TBS' Conan on November 24, 2010. They performed a second single 1983 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on January 13, 2011 and another stint on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Jan 18, 2011. They performed third single "Your Surrender" on Late Show with David Letterman on May 5, 2011 and a third appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Jun 10, 2011. Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 selected Animal as his Spin Magazine Pick of the Week.[10] The song has also been featured on a commercial for Las Vegas. The group has also released a digital EP of four remixes of the song, one of which by Tyler Glenn.

In 2010, the band covered Justin Bieber's song "Baby" as well as Ben E. King's "Stand By Me".[11] Throughout early 2010 the band, along with Mutemath and Street Drum Corps, opened for the Thirty Seconds to Mars tour Into the Wild. Subsequently, they headlined the Bang the Gong Tour with Paper Tongues, MeTalkPretty, and Civil Twilight in mid-2010, performed a set to 7,000 at Lollapalooza, and went on tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars in the last half of the year.

In November 2010, the band released a Christmas single called "Wish List." It was available for free on iTunes the first week it was released.[citation needed] In November 2010, Tyler and Elaine appeared as Neon Trees on Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert series Live from Daryl's House. They performed four songs from "Habits," including "Animal" and "1983," as well as the Fleetwood Mac hit "Dreams" and Hall & Oates songs "Head Above Water" and "Adult Education."

Neon Trees released a live album, iTunes Live from SoHo, in November 2010 featuring eight live tracks: Calling My Name, Animal, Your Surrender, Never Tear Us Apart, In the Next Room, 1983, Love and Affection, and Sins of My Youth.[citation needed]

From March 31, 2011, to April 23, 2011, they also opened for My Chemical Romance during the North American leg of their World Contamination Tour.[12] They opened a show for Panic! at the Disco in Central Park in September 2011.[citation needed] In September and October 2011, they opened for Duran Duran on the North American leg of the All You Need Is Now tour.[citation needed]

The band's song "Animal" was also performed by the cast of Glee in the 15th episode of Season 2 entitled "Sexy".[citation needed]

2011–13: Picture Show[edit]

On December 7, 2011, an article published by Rolling Stone's website streamed the band's new song "Everybody Talks".[13] On February 10, 2012, a video was posted on their official YouTube page, titled Neon Trees – Picture Show Teaser One / The New Album April 17, advertising their new album is to be released on April 17, 2012.[14]

In March 2012, Neon Trees and their single "Everybody Talks" were featured in a commercial for the 2012 Buick Verano.[15]

The single was covered in episode five of season four of Glee.[citation needed]

Neon Trees' second studio album Picture Show was released on April 17, 2012.[citation needed]

On June 28, 2012, Neon Trees was the opening act for the Flaming Lips concert poolside at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi as a part of their Guinness World Record for the most concerts in different cities (eight) in a 24-hour period.[citation needed]

On August 29, 2012, Neon Trees performed "Everybody Talks" on the America's Got Talent live results show.[citation needed]

In early fall 2012, the band toured with The Offspring and Dead Sara.[citation needed] In 2013 they joined Maroon 5 in their world tour alongside Owl City.[citation needed] In November/December 2013 they were a support act for Taylor Swift's three concerts in New Zealand and four concerts in Australia.[citation needed]

The band was featured on NBC's coverage of the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They performed an abbreviated version of their single "Everybody Talks".[citation needed]

The second single from the album is the track "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night)" with the collaboration of American record producer and D.J. Kaskade.

2014–2017: Pop Psychology[edit]

Neon Trees' third studio album, Pop Psychology, was released on April 22, 2014.[citation needed]

The first single from Pop Psychology, titled "Sleeping with a Friend", was released for digital download. The band performed the single on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on January 22, 2014.[16]

"Sleeping with a Friend" was solicited to U.S. Contemporary hit radio by both Mercury and Island Records on February 25, 2014.[17]

Neon Trees later released four more singles following "Sleeping with a Friend". The singles are titled "I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)", "Voices In the Halls", and "First Things First".[citation needed] "First Things First" is the end credit song for the 2016 Netflix Original series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

In 2015, the group announced the "An Intimate Night With Neon Trees" Tour. The tour ran from June 6, 2015, to July 26, 2015, finishing in Boston, Massachusetts, at the House Of Blues Boston. Opening acts included Alex Winston, Yes You Are, Coin, and Fictionist.[18][19][20][21][22][23]

On May 5, 2015, the band released a non-album single entitled "Songs I Can't Listen To"[24] and an accompanying music video on June 3, 2015, featuring Dustin Lance Black.[25]

On August 4, 2017, the band premiered a new single "Feel Good".[26]

2019–present: I Can Feel You Forgetting Me[edit]

Neon Trees released "Used to Like", the lead single from their fourth album, on November 13, 2019.[27] The album, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me, was released on July 24, 2020.[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Animal" Most Performed Foreign Work Nominated

BMI Pop Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Animal" Award-Winning Songs Won
2015 "Sleeping with a Friend" Won

Billboard Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 "Animal" Top Alternative Song Won
Top Rock Song Nominated
2012[29] Neon Trees Top Adult Pop Songs Artist Nominated
"Everybody Talks" Top Adult Pop Song Nominated

International Dance Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 "Animal" Best Alternative/Rock Dance Track Nominated
2013 "Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night) (ft. Kaskade)
2015 "Sleeping with a Friend"

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Neon Trees Best Push Act Nominated

World Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Themselves World's Best Group Nominated

Band members[edit]

  • Tyler Glenn – lead vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer (2005–present)
  • Chris Allen – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals (2005–present)
  • Branden Campbell – bass guitar, vocals (2006–present)
  • Elaine Bradley – drums, percussion, electronic drums, vocals (2006–present)[30]
  • David Charles – rhythm guitar (touring)




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