By Aidan Barrow
The official music video for Neon Trees’ “Animal” — the lead single off their debut album “Habits” — sets the stage for their music, filled with heart-pumping, high-energy ’80s pop mixed with catchy alternative rock choruses that make you want to jump up and rock out.
The band was founded by neighbors Tyler Glenn (lead vocals/keyboards) and Chris Allen (guitars) in their hometown of Provo, Utah. Branden Campbell (bass) and Elaine Bradley (drums/vocals) were later added to the mix.
Although a majorly popular band in Provo, Utah, the alternative rock band hadn’t been exposed to the nation until late 2008 when they appeared as openers on The Killers’ North American tour. Shortly after they were signed to Mercury Records.
The following year, Neon Trees released “Habits.” The lead single “Animal” climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Chart and to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Animal” was selected by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus as his Spin Magazine Pick of the Week. And in 2009, Neon Trees was chosen as “Band of the Year” by Salt Lake’s City Weekly.
Since then the band has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lopez Tonight, Live! with Regis and Kelly, Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Their second album, “Picture Show,” is set for release on April 17, 2012, four days after their performance at Trustees Theater which kick starts their North American tour. If you attend the show you can expect to see a preview performance of the songs on “Picture Show,” including the lead single “Everybody Talks.”
The concert is April 13 at 8 pm. at Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.
Tickets are $22 with SCAD ID, $27 for the general public and $32 on the day of the show. Tickets are available at Trustees Theater’s site, www.savannahboxoffice.com, or by phone at 912-525-5050.Contact Aidan Barrow.