Neon Trees | 06.22.15

An-Intimate-Night-Out-with-Neon-Trees 75_2“We wanted to play smaller venues, to get closer to the fans.”


Photos by Heather Pippin


Fans packed The Ready Room in The Grove to welcome back Neon Trees to St. Louis. The band has embarked on a smaller tour behind its latest release, Pop Psychology. This was a smaller, much more intimate show than the band has done as of late, as their last two STL appearances were as a headliner at Ballpark Village, as well as a part of 105.7 The Point’s 2014 Pointfest.


Hitting the stage with past material, the band waited to pull out the new tracks toward the end of the show. Tyler Glenn sang his heart out on vocals, song after song. Expectant mother-to-be and drummer Elaine Bradley perfected the rhythms that make this band so contagious. With songs from past efforts like Habits and Picture Show, the crowd ate up every note.


Playing tunes like “1983” and “Animal,” Neon Trees were tight and on-point. They are a pop juggernaut, but slowed down here to make their time with the audience more about the crowd than themselves. After some words of praise for their audience, which is continuing to build, the band rammed into their newest material with “First Things First,” “Love in the 21st Century,” and their biggest hit to date, “Sleeping with a Friend,” before leaving the stage. Seeing a band like Neon Trees live is a real treat, especially when they close their show with the über hit ”Come On Eileen” made famous in the ’80s by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.


An intimate night with a band of this caliber is rare. If things keep on as they are, Neon Trees will indeed be neon stars. | Marc Farr

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