Countless Rock bands toil in relative obscurity. Oh sure, they may be "big" in their hometown, whether it's St. Louis, Denver or Salt Lake City. But in the end, who cares? Sure, the band has several indie releases. An EP or album attracts a couple hundred more fans - which compensates for the ones who have lost interest.
Wouldn't it be great if some successful act took an interest in one of these struggling groups and helped them along and put the unknowns in front of thousands of music fans?
Well, that's exactly what happened to Neon Trees, a band well-know in their hometown of Provo, UT, and in Salt Lake City. In '08, they were selected by The Killers to be an opening act on several tour stops.
As a result, Neon Trees signed with Mercury Records. And there was more good news. They were voted Band of the Year in '09 by Salt Lake's 'City Weekly' newspaper.
The following year, "Habits" was issued featuring the lead single "Animal," which was also used in a commercial promoting Las Vegas - wonder if they got "comped" any free drinks?
Neon Trees released a live album "iTunes Live From SoHo" in '10 and "Animal" was performed by the cast of the TV show Glee in a season 2 ('11) episode.
Sophomore set, "Picture Show," dropped in '12. A few weeks earlier, Neon Trees and their single "Everybody Talks" was featured in a commercial for the 2012 Buick Verano. The Glee connection continued when the single was featured in 'The Role You Were Born To Play' which, of course, was the title Glee episode 5 of season 4. Neon Trees also performed "Everybody Talks" on the America's Got Talent live results show.
Two years down the road, right on the heels of an article in Rolling Stone magazine where Glenn came out of the closet, Neon Tree's issued their third studio album, "Pop Psychology." The '14 set featured the single "Sleeping With A Friend," which the group performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
2012 Picture Show
2014 Pop Psychology
Neon Trees, a post-Punk power-pop band, fill their songs with catchy melodies, synth fills and some "can't get it out of your head" hooks.