Neon Trees, the Utah-based dance-pop band known for energizing audiences with their dynamic live shows, is returning to Denver this week, making a tour stop at the Ogden Theatre June 17 in support of their latest release Pop Psychology. The nationwide tour kicked off last month in Nashville, and will eventually conclude in Washington, D.C., in mid-July. The Ogden Theatre show comes on the heels of a homecoming appearance for the band in Salt Lake City.
Band frontman Tyler Glenn expressed his eagerness to return to the Mile High. “I love Denver. It reminds me of Utah a little bit,” says Glenn. “We’ve had really great shows and great fans there over the years, so I’m really stoked to come back.”
While consistently labeled an alternative dance-pop act, Neon Trees’ latest album has been described by critics as their most polished, pop-friendly effort to date. Glenn views it as a clear reflection of where his band is at. “On Pop Psychology, we really paid attention to production as a band for the first time,” he says. “In records past, it’s a lot of the influence of the producer and myself, but I think as a band on this go-round, we all took a valid effort to think out of the box while we were recording…I think it sounds like the most “band” that we’ve sounded like on a record, because sometimes it’s been a struggle to find the balance between getting the energy of the live show and the nice recording of the band as well. I think this record is the best effort so far.”
Even so, anyone who’s seen Neon Trees perform live realizes there’s a dynamic to their live show that can’t be experienced anywhere else. For Glenn, live performance is his favorite part of being an artist. “I’m a pretty quiet, introspective person,” he says, “but I think there’s a switch that goes off when it’s time to perform. People ask me how I prepare, and I really don’t. It’s just something that happens when I step on stage, and I love that feeling. It’s something I can’t get from anything else.”
Neon Trees is bringing two supporting acts along with them on tour: L.A.-based indie band Smallpools and British indie-rockers Nightmare & the Cat. Tickets for the Ogden show are still available at press time from AXS.com for $20.75 each, and the show is billed for all ages. Tyler Glenn believes fans who come out will be pleased with what the band has planned.
“If you’ve been to a show of ours before, you know the band is interested in putting on a really entertaining show, and I think we’ve really taken that to 10 and 11 on this tour,” he says. “It feels theatrical in a way, because we’ve upped the ante a little bit. It’s been likened to an arena-sized show in clubs and theaters, which is really fun. I don’t think fans that go to venues like that are always used to shows that size, but it feels really big, and I think we’ve done a really good job with that.”