Neon Trees | 06.26.14

live neon-trees-smNeon Trees is about to graduate to the big time, indeed.

live neon-trees

Ballpark Village, St. Louis
w/Nightmare and the Cat & Smallpools

The wicked sensations known as Neon Trees graced the stage of St. Louis’s newest live concert venue, Ballpark Village, on Thursday night. Touring in support of their latest hit album, Pop Psychology, Tyler Glenn and Co. rocked it out with their brand of power pop.

Neon Trees’ last stop in St. Louis was a performance at this year’s Pointfest. With this intimate headlining show, it was a great chance to see a full set from the band. Though the stage at Ballpark Village is small, the band used every inch, and every moment of music was sheer joy. It seems that Neon Trees are about to graduate to the big time, indeed. It will be surprising to see them in such a small venue again. For Neon Trees, the only way is up.

Much of the new album was represented during the show. New tunes like “Love in the 21st Century,” “Teenager in Love,” and latest single “Text Me in the Morning” washed over the large crowd in musical waves. This is one great live band. As many artists have two sounds, album and live, Neon Trees has the talent to have the same sound in both areas. Technically proficient yet not rigid, the band rocks with the best of them. They put on an energy-filled show, and that energy is contagious. Many fans walked out of the venue still singing!

Opening the show were Nightmare and the Cat and Smallpools. Both bands delivered short but powerful sets. Nightmare and the Cat is a great new band, definitely on my list of Artists to Watch, and Smallpools delivered a fine set of rock ’n’ roll. Both bands won the crowd over, paving the way for Neon Trees. Great show in all—although, unfortunately, I didn’t care much for the venue.

(One thing this reviewer found strange: In most markets, this tour is a free show, except for St. Louis…hmm?) | Marc Farr

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