Neon Trees have a had a very busy few months. They released their new album The Picture Show on April 17 and then in May their drummer Elaine Bradley announced she was pregnant. Not only has it not slowed the band – they made the time to stop by and chat with Megan Holiday before their set at BFD 2012 about the pregnancy and frontman Tyler Glenn’s unique music influences.
It seems that having a drummer that is over 6 months pregnant on the road in a band with the high energy of Neon Trees would be a problem. Not for Neon Trees drummer Elaine Bradley.
Bradley explained, “It’s going well so far. We take it day by day. I’m not like a typical pregnant woman. I’m very much like I was before. So it has been fine.”
She then joked, “One of these nights at 3AM I’m going to be like ‘I NEED ICE CREAM!'”
Anyone who has seen and heard Neon Trees finds right away the influence of Eighties style and sound on the band but frontman Tyler Glenn says the influences go further back than the New Wave riddle decade to include classic pop, rock and soul.
“I think Michael Jackson and Freddy Mercury. A lot of Motown. My dad loved The Spinners and The Temptations. But I was never afraid of women soul singers too. Even Mariah Carey.”
Tyler continued, “Growing up I loved good soulful pop music but then I loved punk rock in about 8th grade. It’s a weird blend.”
Neon Trees new album The Picture Show is out now and they will be on the road throughout the US all summer. Get dates at www.fameisdead.com/tour/
– Bradford Hornsby, Live105/San Francisco