Any conversation with Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn is likely to be heavy on the word "fascinated." He's fascinated by pop culture, the talent of his band mates, authenticity in an inauthentic world and the power of imagination. The fact that Neon Trees write killer songs isn't any kind of news. "Animal," from Neon Trees 2010 debut, Habits, was a double-platinum single, it was named the Top Alternative Song of 2011 by Billboard. Their new CD "Picture Show" is a transcendent rock record. Tyler sums up Neon Trees best by saying, "The spirit of rock and roll is in the music, the emotional weight of the melodies and lyrics, the show and the performance, and with all of that, Neon Trees is rock and roll."
In-depth Biography 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 group’s roots go back to Campbell and Allen’s time growing up in Southern California; when Allen moved to Utah for school, Glenn, a self-taught musician, followed him. The pair connected with Campbell and Bradley; the latter began playing guitar in bands when she was 14 before switching to the drums. 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 were also voted 2009’s Band of the Year by Salt Lake City’s City Weekly. The group’s Mercury debut, Habits, arrived in early 2010. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi