Neon Trees Biography
The band first played under the name Neon Trees in late 2005 with five original members. The band's name originates from the lighted trees outside of In N Out Burger restaurants, frequently seen in California. The band became well-known throughout Provo and Salt Lake, and quickly gained a following through their energy-filled stage shows, led by the charisma and talent of front-man, Tyler Glenn.
They released an EP called Becoming Different People in 2006 during the time of their first tour through California. The EP featured promising songs like "Snap the Flash", "Sister Stereo", "Modern Romantics", and the original version of "1983", a soulful ballad which originated from a simple jam session. 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. In 2008, The Killers drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., heard the band play. Vannucci had been in a Ska band called Attaboy Skip with Neon Trees bassist Branden Campbell. He later helped them 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.
Although they had several prior independent releases, the band released its debut album at Mercury/Def Jam, Habits, on March 16, 2010. "Animal" was chosen as the lead single 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 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 14, 2010. Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 selected Animal as his Spin Magazine Pick of the Week. The song has also been featured on a commercial for Las Vegas and remixed by popular American DJ Kaskade. 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 megahit "Baby," mashing it up with "Stand By Me". Throughout the Spring of 2010 the band, along with Mutemath and Street Drum Corps, opened for the 30 Seconds To Mars tour Into The Wild. Subsequently, they headlined the Summer 2010 Bang The Gong Tour with Paper Tongues and Civil Twilight, performed a set to 7,000 at Lollapalooza, and are heading back out on tour with 30 Seconds To Mars in the Fall.
Neon Trees current tour guitarist is Utah musician, David Charles. David's solo project, Spiral Diary, gained him attention and acclaim in the local Utah music scene. David was previously E for Explosion's tour guitarist in 2008 before being invited to round out the sound in Neon Trees in late 2009.