5 Questions With ... Neon Trees

Alternative-pop group visits The Recording Academy
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March 31, 2011 -- 5:54 pm PDT

The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., recently hosted a visit from alternative-pop group Neon Trees for an installment of 5 Questions With … . The group stopped by to discuss their biggest career moments, hearing their debut single "Animal" on the radio for the first time, the influence of social media, songwriting, and how the group came to be.

"If you act too cool during the process, then you miss a lot of the great genuine moments," said frontman Tyler Glenn, reflecting on the band's biggest career moments. "I'm really glad that we've paused a lot to be thankful and grateful. We're never too cool to say hello to a fan or to play a show, and I think that's important to us."

Formed in Provo, Utah, Neon Trees includes vocalist/keyboardist Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen, drummer/vocalist Elaine Bradley, and bassist Branden Campbell. In 2008 they signed with Mercury Records and toured North America as the opening act for the Killers. Currently on tour opening for My Chemical Romance, Neon Trees are scheduled to perform at several festivals, including Coachella in Indo, Calif., in April; SunFest in West Palm Beach, Fla., in May; and Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., in June. Their debut album, Habits, was released in 2010 and featured the hit "Animal," which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band's name was reportedly inspired by the neon-lit palm trees displayed on signs at fast food chain In-N-Out Burger.

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