An Intimate Evening with Neon Trees | 06.22.15

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The Ready Room, St. Louis

Pop sensation Neon Trees is again gracing the stage here in St. Louis, bringing their tour dubbed “An Intimate Evening with Neon Trees” to The Ready Room. Promoting their smash hit album, Pop Psychology, their high energy shows are quite known among fans, and that fan base is growing ever bigger.

Formed in 2005 in Provo, Utah, the band released their first album, Habits, in 2010. Though they had independently released several EPs, Habits was released in March 2010 on Mercury/Def Jam Records, spawning the first single, “Animal.” The wind started to flow through the trees, and the song ended up as the free track of the week on iTunes. Followed by “1983” and “Your Surrender,” Neon Trees’ songs slowly hit the charts, and the trees of neon were on their way.

Having performed on the likes of Jimmy Kimmel–Live, Lopez Tonight, and TBS’ Conan, the band worked their way up the charts and into the hearts of thousands of new fans. Then they had the unique opportunity of opening for The Killers after drummer Ronnie Vannucchi Jr. saw the band in a small Las Vegas club. That opened the doors to more fans and more success.

We last saw the band as a featured act at St. Louis’ 105.7 The Point’s Pointfest in 2014, and then again at the opening of Ballpark Village, the new venue associated with Busch Stadium. With opening acts Smallpools and Nightmare and The Cat, the band rocked both stages, proving themselves as a very talented live band, capable of whipping a crowd into a frenzy. Lead vocalist Tyler Glenn, along with bassist Branden Campbell, Chris Allen on guitar, and Elaine Bradley on drums, make for quite an energetic show.

I recently spoke with Elaine, and asked her a few things. First, I had to enquire about her role on the tour, as she is expecting a child. It was rumored that she would not do the tour, but she is very much a part of it. When asked what is making these shows more intimate, she said, “We wanted to play smaller venues, to get closer to the fans. We decided to do this tour as to not have an inactive summer. We wanted to get out and play.”

I brought up the subject of the effects of the Internet on the music business—has it helped, or has it made the music business a sloppy playground, walking on quicksand? “Both,” she replied. “If we were a band in the late 1980s and early 1990s, we would be rich. We have several platinum singles, but no platinum album. It’s weird. Things are very different, and one has to be much more hands on, more DIY.”

With the release of Pop Psychology, the four piece group have unleashed pop music at its definite finest. Catchy, melodic, and fun to sing along to, the album is a bright light in an otherwise dismal set of pop releases as of late. Their work includes platinum-selling singles like “Sleeping with a Friend,” which was also available as a Record Store Day Exclusive on 7″ pink vinyl, “First Things First,” and the uber catchy “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends).”

However, to truly get the band at their best, one must experience them live. From the first beat to the last, it is a whirlwind of action and emotion onstage. This band loves their fans, and St. Louis loves them back. They are definitely on their way to the top of the Pop Music realm. The tunes are spicy, sexy, and fun.

Take my advice. Join us for an “Intimate Evening with Neon Trees” on June 22, 2015 at The Ready Room on Manchester in The Grove District. Tickets are still available, but going fast! | Marc Farr

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