Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn Says His Mom Made His First Time Even Better
It was 2009, right around Christmas and Glenn was back home in California. The frontman was driving around with his mom and dad looking at the Christmas lights on the nearby houses when all of sudden his band's song "Animal" off their 2010 debut, Habits, came on the radio. His mom got so excited, she started screaming.
"It was almost That Thing You Do! moment," Glenn told Radio.com, citing the 1996 film, directed by Tom Hanks about a little band from Erie, PA. "It was cool because I probably wouldn't have wanted to be around anyone else when I'm like having proud life moments cause she definitely makes it all much more important."
With radio hits like "Animal" and "Everybody Talks," off 2012′s Picture Show, under his belt, you would think Glenn would be used to turning up the radio and hearing his voice. But he says even now he doesn't consider Neon Trees a "radio band."
"For me, I think radio bands just seemed like something that would happen down the line," he explained. "Like you'd have to work towards it for a while."
Neon Trees were one of those bands that earned a hit on its very first single, which has led some people to think Glenn and his three bandmates-guitarist Christopher Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley-came out of nowhere. As Glenn makes clear though, they've been a band since 2005, booking their own shows and touring out of an old van. more on this story
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