(Feb. 29, 2011 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum Mercury Records group Neon Trees, success story of 2010 and 2011 with their #1 debut album HABITS and RIAA double-platinum #1 debut single “Animal” – is back in the driver’s seat with their newest single “Everybody Talks,” chosen to introduce the brand new 2012 Buick Verano in television spots beginning Sunday, March 11th.
11 days later on March 22nd, Neon Trees will perform on the outside stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Neon Trees is also scheduled for this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) Music Conference (March 13-18th), details to be announced in the weeks ahead. In April, An Intimate Night with Neon Trees will consists of two shows; one in Los Angeles at The Troubadour (April 10th), and an already sold-out show in New York at The Bowery Ballroom (April 16th).
Neon Trees’ lead singer Tyler Glenn will make his “acting debut” in the Buick Verano tv spots, as the band is seen on their tour bus performing “Everybody Talks,” currently Top 20 at Alternative radio and climbing up the charts. “Everybody Talks” is the new advance single from PICTURE SHOW, Neon Trees’ second album for Mercury, set for April 17th release. This marks Neon Trees’ first project with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (who has worked previously with Beck, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, and M83).
2011 was a banner year for Neon Trees, as “Animal” hit #1 Alternative, #1 Hot AC, and top 10 Pop, netting worldwide digital sales of more than 2 million copies. “Animal” beat out Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine, and Linkin Park as Top Alternative Song at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, and was covered by both Taylor Swift and Train, as well as Glee’s ‘Dalton Academy Warblers.’
“Animal” was everywhere, and won Neon Trees A-list roadwork duty with My Chemical Romance on their World Contamination Tour; and Duran Duran on their All You Need Is Now stadium tour. Neon Trees made a clean sweep of major daily television shows over the next year – NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (3 times!) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman; ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Live with Regis & Kelly; and TBS’s Conan.
HABITS (released March 2010) reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, where it spent 73 weeks. “Animal”’s follow-up singles, “Your Surrender” and “1983,” were featured in the movie soundtrack for Walt Disney Pictures’ Prom. Neon Trees shot the video in Los Angeles for “Your Surrender” with the emerging ensemble cast of the movie. “Your Surrender” was utilized in all the tv spots for Prom; while “1983” was used in all the trailers.
Named Best New Band of 2010 by influential website absolutepunk.net, Neon Trees – Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keyboards), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals) – were also featured on USA Today’s influential “On The Verge” page (“Maximum Wattage Beamed Out Of Provo, Utah”). They were named Artist Of The Week at RollingStone.com, which raved: “HABITS is filled with Eighties pop meshed with bombastic alt-rock choruses – like the Killers playing backup for Duran Duran. ‘Your Surrender’ is a U2-style sing-along, ‘1983’ is a bratty dose of keyboard-driven pop punk and Hot 100 single ‘Animal’ is an irresistibly catchy lovesick dance tune.”