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Neon Trees, June 11, Knitting Factory

Power pop


Neon Trees looks and sounds like a band from the '80s should look and sound. But members of this band weren't performing in the decade of excess, DayGlo colors and synthesizer music, they were being born.

The band's third album, Pop Psychology (April 2014, Island/Mercury) is aptly titled: it's a catchy, hooky collection of pop tunes, and it's also somewhat biographical, with frontman Tyler Glenn sharing his personal life (as he has done on previous Neon Trees releases) and the psychological effect of watershed moments in songs like "First Things First."

Neon Trees found a wide audience opening for The Killers in 2008 and found commercial success with its debut release, 2010's Habits (Mercury). Since then, Neon Trees has continued to deliver listenable, '80s-esque tunes that don't necessarily espouse band members' Mormon upbringing, but definitely adhere to a safe-for-the-kids vibe.