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Neon Trees succeeding with "Animal" instinct

of the Oakland Press

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The seeds for Neon Trees were planted eight or so years ago in California. But they really sprouted during the past year in Utah.

The quartet from Provo released its debut album, “Habits,” in March and scored a Top 20 single in “Animal,” which also topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. A follow-up, “1983,” is now making its climb, and the group launches a new headlining tour on Monday night (Nov. 15) in Detroit.

“We’re definitely excited,” says bassist Branden Campbell. “It’s one of those things where first you get signed, and then you realize, ‘Well, anyone can get signed’ — it’s not [i]that[/i] easy, maybe, but anyone can sign a piece of paper. [i]Then[/i] you wonder, ‘Are the songs gonna come out? Is the record gonna become something?’

“So we’re definitely excited that it’s taking on a life of its own and that we can go out and play concerts. That’s the main thing for us.”

Neon Trees plans to keep making its mark in the coming year, too. The group recently made it’s first trip to the U.K. — where “Animal” recently came out — and is planning to head across the pond to perform in 2011. Campbell is confident that there are “a couple more single-worthy songs” on Habits, and Neon Trees plans to enter the holiday fray with a digital single called “Wish List.”

“It’s very Neon Trees,” reports Campbell, 29, “but it sounds like we’ve been listening to a lot of Spoon and old Phil Spector or something. It’s got a really great backbeat, but ultimately it’s about all the things that you want for Christmas, and that even being surrounded by tons of presents you just want to be with that person you can’t be with for right now. It’s kind of about long-distance relationships and loved ones.

“The way I see it is if we did one of those each year, and if, heaven forbid, the band survives a decade, then after a decade we’d have 10 of them and we could just compile the songs and finally release a digital Christmas (album) or something like that. That would be cool.”

Neon Trees, New Politics and Young the Giant perform Monday, Nov. 15, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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