Surprise!  The Neon Trees alternative rock group originated in Provo, Utah, the sleepy college town that has grown up around Mormon Brigham Young University.   The Neon Trees opened for The Killers, fronted by Mormon lead singer Brandon Flowers, in 2008, giving them national exposure.  Soon after, the band was signed by Mercury Records and has released a string of hits in their distinctive and winning style.  Their first full-length album, Habits, was released in 2010.  Their first single “Animal” climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Alternative rock Chart.

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 (Wikipedia).

Neon Trees Alternative Rock Band MormonThe band’s name originates from the lighted trees on the In-N-Out Burger signs.  The band is well-known throughout Provo and Salt Lake City, Utah, where it was formed. All four members of Neon Trees are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”

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“Animal” was extremely popular and was performed by the band during several prime time TV guest appearances.  The song has also been featured on a commercial for Las Vegas and remixed by popular American DJ, Kaskade. The group has also released a digital EP of four remixes of the song, one of which by Tyler Glenn.  Neon Trees released a live album “iTunes Live From SoHo” in November 2010 featuring eight live tracks: Calling My Name, Animal, Your Surrender, Never Tear Us Apart, In The Next Room, 1983, Love And Affection, and Sins Of My Youth.  The band’s song “Animal” was also performed by the cast of Glee in season two, episode fifteen, entitled “Sexy”.

On December 7, 2011, an article published by Rolling Stone‘s website streamed the band’s new song “Everybody Talks.”  In March 2012, Neon Trees and their single “Everybody Talks” were featured in a commercial for the 2012 Buick Verano.  Neon Trees’ second studio album “Picture Show” was released on April 17, 2012.  In December of 2012 their hit single “Everybody Talks” was used in the advert for the new series of “The Love Machine.”

Current band members now equal four –Tyler Glenn – lead vocals, piano, synthesizer (2005–present);  Christopher Allen – guitar, vocals (2005–present); Branden Campbell – bass, vocals (2006–present);Elaine Bradley – drums, percussion, vocals (2006–present).

Neon Trees is an alternative rock group from Provo, Utah. The four-member band, includes thee members of the church guitarist Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell, and drummer/vocalist and Elaine Bradley who served a mission in Frankfurt Germany.

 Their song, “Animal,” has been heard on TV shows like “Melrose Place” and “Secrets of Aspen”, and on radio stations everywhere. “Animal” reached No. 1 on the Alternative Specialty Chart and has had major radio play in Salt Lake City, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and more. http://www.mormonwiki.com/Neon_Trees

 April 2016:  Tyler Glenn told Rolling Stone again, he was overtly parting ways with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints via the video for his debut solo single, “Trash.” The video begins with Glenn slumped on the ground drinking alcohol before he moves through a hallway lined with LDS imagery, performs what appear to be references to Mormon temple rites, and ultimately collapses to the floor of an elevator with a red “X” drawn across his face.  From Salt Lake Tribune     The video shows Glenn spitting on a well-known portrait of Joseph Smith, which was altered to make Smith’s face appear ghost-like. Later in the video, pages – perhaps representing pages of the Book of Mormon or LDS Church policies – swirl around Glenn.   From Fox 13 Utah

Additional Resources:

Official Website

Basic Mormon Beliefs and Real Mormons

Brandon Flowers Mormon.org Profile

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