STG Announces Upcoming Events: Neon Trees and More
Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announces the following concerts going on sale this week.
Special Guest: Penguin Prison
Date: Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Venue: Showbox Market (All Ages)
Price: $18.50 in advance, $21.50 day of show, not including applicable fees
Seating: General Admission
On Sale: Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10 am
The fact that Tyler writes killer songs isn't any kind of news. "Animal," from Neon Trees 2010 debut, Habits, was a double-platinum single. A wide ranging group of artists from Taylor Swift to Train to upcoming pop boys The Wanted have all covered the song; it was named the Top Alternative Song of 2011 by Billboard, and it even showed up on a Glee episode. As #1 hit, "Animal" was practically everywhere, the two other singles from Habits, "1983" and "Surrender," were nearly as huge. So "Habits" was indeed a success, but it wasn't the kind of success Neon Trees originally had had in mind. "When we made the last record, we tried to endear ourselves to the blogosphere," Tyler says. "We took these fantastic songs and we produced them in a way that we thought would attract the critics and the hip kids, and that's not what happened. Instead, we ended up being embraced by a completely different crowd of people - people who like us because we're entertaining. We played a show not long after the record came out, and afterwards a fan thanked me for making music fun again. That's much cooler than a five-star review in Pitchfork. "Picture Show, which released in April, was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, who's worked with Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and M83, amongst others. "It was a great experience. We really connected," Tyler says. Tyler sums up Neon Trees best by saying, "There's an idea that rock and roll is about debauchery and drugs but that's not the spirit of rock and roll. That's acting rock and roll. That's lifestyle. The spirit of rock and roll is in the music, the emotional weight of the melodies and lyrics, the show and the performance, and with all of that, Neon Trees is rock and roll."