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Neon Trees Biography

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Birth Place: Provo, Utah
Years Active: 2005-present
Genres: Early 21'st Century Pop Rock, New Wave, Synthpop

Neon Trees is an American alternative rock band from Provo, Utah, with origins in Murrieta, California. Formed initially by neighbors Tyler Glenn (vocals, keyboards) and Chris Allen (guitar, vocals) the band made its first home in Provo, eventually adding Branden Campbell (bass guitar, vocals) and Elaine Bradley (drums, percussion, vocals) to the lineup. David Charles also plays with the band as touring guitarist. They first started playing under the name Neon Trees in late 2005 with five original members. The band's name originates from the lighted trees on the In-N-Out Burger signs, which inspired Tyler Glenn. In a strange twist of fate, it was later learned that Branden Campbell's father, who designed neon lights in Las Vegas, helped design the very lights that inspired Glenn.

They released an EP called “Becoming Different People” in 2006 during the time of their first tour through California. The EP featured promising songs like “Snap the Flash,” “Sister Stereo,” “Modern Romantics,” “Ashley Stevenson.” They also recorded other unreleased tracks during the “Treehouse Sessions” in 2006.

The band's lineup soon narrowed down to four members with Branden Campbell and Elaine Bradley joining the group on bass and drums, respectively. Shortly thereafter, The Killers' drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr.,helped the band sign to the major label Mercury Records, which was announced in late 2008.

Although they had several prior independent releases, the band released its debut album through Mercury/Def Jam, “Habits,” in March 2010. “Animal” was chosen as the lead single. The group also released a digital EP of four remixes of the song, one of which by Tyler Glenn.

In November 2010, the band released a Christmas single called “Wish List.” Neon Trees released a live album “iTunes Live From SoHo” in November 2010 featuring eight live tracks.