From the western plains of Provo, Utah, comes Neon Trees, a band whose name captures their essence – iridescent pop grounded by sturdy, organic roots rock – introduced on “Animal,” first single from their debut album HABITS, set for March 23rd release in the physical and digital marketplace on Mercury Records. “Animal” at Alternative radio now, is up at the band’s newly-launched website, www.NeonTrees.com. “Animal” can also be heard on VH1’s new show “Secrets of Aspen” on the January 31st episode.
Bicoastal audiences will catch their first glimpse of Neon Trees when they make their New York City premiere January 14th at Mercury Lounge – followed a week later by dates at Spaceland (Club NME) in Los Angeles with Har Mar Superstar on January 20th, and the next night at Rickshaw Stop (Popscene) in San Francisco, also with Har Mar Superstar. In between, Neon Trees will play back home at the 4th anniversary bash of Provo’s Velour Live Music Gallery on January 15th. Details on Neon Trees at this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) Interactive Conference & Festivals (March 12th-21st) will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Neon Trees – Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keyboards), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals) – has its roots in Southern California, where Tyler and Chris were neighbors. When Chris moved to Provo to attend college, Tyler followed him, and they were soon joined by Branden and Elaine.
They quickly discovered their common goal, “to evoke a larger-than-life feel,” as Tyler puts it, “even if we’re playing to 10 people in a garage. We’re just trying to keep our feet on the ground and remember why we started doing this in the first place.”
HABITS, produced by the band’s friend, singer/guitarist Tim Pagnotta, is a blast of timeless rock energy and spirit that wouldn’t sound out of place at any point from ’60s garage-rock to 2010 dance rock and beyond. “Music is a sacred act of communion for me, offering hope and love,” says Tyler. “That’s the heart of this band.” Adds Chris, “We just want to share that feeling we got from the bands that inspired us, and then we want to pass the torch.”