It started with a whisper… and that was when they skyrocketed to fame. From the release of their new album, ‘Picture Show,’ to playing sold out concerts, everybody has been talking about the Neon Trees.
The Neon Trees were in the city to play to a sold out crowd at Webster Hall along with newcomers JJAMZ, but before their show, they took the stage at City Winery for an Up Close & Personal concert for a group of Fresh 102.7 contest winners.
Noticeably missing was the 8-month pregnant drummer, Elaine Bradley, who is in France, while the rest of the band, including fill-in drummer, John Buckner, play gigs and promote their new album. Neon Trees’ front man, Tyler Glenn, said they love coming to New York and always look forward to eating at their favorite spots.
“We eat like maniacs,” he said. “We eat at Sammy’s Noodle [Shop] and we eat at Cafe Mogador, and this is all within, like, one hour. Then hit St. Marks and 2nd Ave. … I’m glad that we’ve come here enough to, like, feel like we have our own little haunts and stuff, and not feel like tourist transplants. It’s nice.”
Tyler said when he was writing songs for the new album, he was focused on the idea of escaping reality, which led to titling the album ‘Picture Show.’
“I was writing a lot about not wanting to be who I was, and wanting to escape it,” he said. ” I think when you go to the movies, you kind of see someone else’s life and pretend, so I took that feeling and ran with it and I’m proud of what we did. I really love our record.”
Their first single, ‘Everybody Talks,’ off the new album was featured in a Buick commercial, which Tyler said helped make the song a huge hit.
“It helped, it really did. A lot of people really hated it, a lot of basketball fans really hated us during March Madness, and that’s fantastic because everybody does talk,” he said.
Watch Neon Trees’ Up Close & Personal performance of “Everybody Talks.”
Continuing the make-believe trend, Tyler said he wrote a song called ‘I Am The DJ,’ which is about the last radio DJ left on earth trying to find love.
“Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, and really classic song writers, they used to make up stories and I kind of took that approach because I didn’t want to write about anything I was going through, so I decided to write a short story about the last radio disc jockey on earth trying to find his love and he’s playing their song and it’s kind of a romantic,” Tyler said.
The Neon Trees have opened for bands like The Flaming Lips, My Chemical Romance, and Duran Duran. Recently, The Flaming Lips set out on a quest for the Guinness World Record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour period, that was previously held by Jay-Z with 7 shows. The Flaming Lips traveled from Memphis, TN., to New Orleans playing 8 shows in 24 hours, joined by several artists along the way. The Neon Trees were asked to joined them on their journey in Biloxi, Mississippi.
“We did open for The Flaming Lips,” Tyler said. “In my ‘Guinness Book Of Tyler Glenn Records,’ I am thrilled to say that we did that. [We opened for them in] Biloxi, Mississippi of all places. That’ll never happen again for us and I’m happy that we were able to do it.”
–Sarah Scroggins, CBS Local/Fresh 102.7
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