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Interview:
Interest in Neon Trees blooms after singer comes out
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn got a lot of press for coming out just before the release of the Utah rock group's third album, "Pop Psychology."

But bassist Branden Campbell says the intent was anything but opportunistic.

"It was very clear what these songs were about," says Campbell, 39, who once worked in the Detroit area as a Mormon missionary. "It was time for (Glenn) to be honest with himself and with everyone and let the cat out of the bag and...discuss what these songs are really about.

"But the way I see it is, man, what a great time to put out the record -- 'Here's a talking point for you,' and it generated so much press."

"Pop Psychology" debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in April, at No. 1 on the Alternative and Rock Albums charts -- the quartet's highest-ever showings. The album hasn't yet spawned any hits along the lines of "Animal" or "Everybody Talks" from Neon Trees' two previous albums, Campbell says there's clearly been on drop-off of fan interest on the road.

"I think that's a combination of a bunch of things," the bassist says. "I think there's an appreciation from fans for a band who have already put out two records and toured all over the world. The music is the bigger news to them -- at least I hope so.

"We live in a world where you think (Glenn) wouldn't be big news, but we do celebrate it in a way that it's great for Tyler to be able to say, 'Y'know what? this is me, and while it may be normal for a lot of you it's a big deal for me to be able to say it out loud.' "

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