Chris Allen, Tyler Glenn, Branden Campbell and Stephanie Bradley of Neon Trees.
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Bassist Branden Campbell of Neon Trees was at an In-N-Out Hamburger drive-thru when contacted the afternoon of June 3 for this phone interview.
It was an amusing coincidence because his papa, Steve Campbell, installed the lighted trees on the In-N-Out Burger indications, and it was those lighted neon trees that influenced frontman Tyler Glenn to call his Provo, Utah, band Neon Trees.
Campbell, between In-N-Out and traffic, discussed Las Vegas, indoor vs. outdoor performances, My Chemical Love and Bruce Springsteen ahead of the band’s performance Friday night at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:
“An Intimate Night Out With Neon Trees Trip” kicks off Saturday (June 6). Do you delight in touring, and what are you looking forward to a lot of on this latest trip?
I truly love the efficiency part of touring. That’s exactly what it comes down to– the shows, the tunes. We’re playing songs that are back in the set that we have not played in a couple years.
I enjoy getting out on the roadway constantly, we’re always on the go, we remain to visit, and we end up being knowledgeable about these cities. It’s interesting to get back and see familiar faces and places. This week, we’re in Seattle, Rose city, San Francisco, L.A. and Las Vegas. It’s a power week.
Inform me about the new single “Songs I Can’t Listen To”– do you have a great deal of involvement with songwriting as the band’s bassist?
We approach songwriting as a group. Whoever has something great, we pick up that immediately, whether it’s via computer or jamming in the room together. We composed a few tunes that are brand-new and some 15 years in the making.
The band remains in Las Vegas a lot. I have actually seen you carry out at Pearl at the Palms, the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Boulevard Pool, where’ll you be next. Exactly what do you enjoy a lot about Las Vegas?
I grew up there. For me, it’s emotional to do shows there. Maturing, there was no place to play, no all-ages locations expect for the Huntridge. We ‘d take generators into the desert when there was some desert left and have our own shows.
To come back and have legitimate areas to play, it’s incredible. It was uncommon for rock and alternative bands to come through town. Now it’s on their trip schedules for different-size places. It’s terrific to have a variety of shows in Las Vegas now.
When did you reside in Las Vegas?
Type 1985 to 1998. My wife is from there, her folks live there. We live five hours away, so we’re down there all the time. I went to Utah for school for graphic design because it had not been offered at UNLV. The music and art scene in Utah is excellent. I enjoy it here, but Las Vegas is truly special to me and is still house.
Do you prefer indoor or outside concerts?
That’s challenging. I such as program where one of the most people are (laughs). I such as outdoor programs, specifically at night. There’s an excellent vibe, and you’re under the stars. It advises me of the programs back in the desert.
You’ve toured with The Killers, Duran Duran, Maroon 5, Flaming Lips, My Chemical Romance and Taylor Swift as well as opened for Thirty Seconds to Mars and Panic! At the Disco. A preferred or standout memory?
The very best camaraderie on a trip was with My Chemical Romance. It was at the end of our first album. They’re fantastic men, man, and we broke down stereotypes. (Lead singer) Gerard (Way) from MCR and I talked about Tom Waits and Neil Young.
Maroon 5 was awesome, too, down to Earth guys and truly simple to hang out with– we performed big programs with them that were offered out every night.
Please don’t be upset by my concern since we’re the very same age, but how is it working and visiting with band mates who are a years younger than you?
That’s an interesting question. Tyler is nine years more youthful, however Chris (Allen) is just 4 years younger. There is an age space, Chris is my little brother’s age. But as you grow older, you meet people you didn’t grow up with, and that age barrier goes away.
It was amusing to join the band and it be, “Hey, how about skinny jeans (laughs)?” I said, “I’m down to attempt things out.” The pants might be taken in by among our moms. It was typical for them and a new fashion aspect for me, however I can dig that it due to the fact that it comes down to the music. Tyler and I and then the rest of the band bonded.
You’re most likely tired of this concern, but I am truly curious: What is the most significant mistaken belief about being an all-Mormon band in the pop-rock music world?
Well (pause) the misunderstanding is we’re not all-Mormon any longer. Chris, our guitarist, isn’t really a part of it anymore. He’s a cool man, and we appreciate one another’s levels, way of lives and beliefs. We didn’t come together as Mormons, and we’re not a Mormon rock band.
We’re all on the exact same page and accept each other as things change. Tyler has an unique situation, as well, being a gay guy and liking the church and finding his location. He is so graceful in his approach.
The bottom line is we appreciate each other.
Who are some of your favorite artists, Branden?
Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie. I enjoy alternative bands and classic rock. Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, however likewise Hot Chip and The Strokes.
Anything on your must-do list while in Las Vegas?
I always go to Cowtown Guitars downtown, guitar shops around Maryland Parkway and now downtown. Jesse (Amoroso), the owner, has been on “Pawn Stars,” and I like going in there.
And our family loves Macayo’s. The chips and salsa are legendary and worth their weight in gold.
What’s next for Neon Trees after the trip ends on July 26?
I don’t know. We’re finding out what we can do next. We are constantly working on music. We’ve been striking it difficult since 2008 taking on every chance, seeing exactly what happens and following our intuition. We have other programs, however the information have not been revealed yet.
Neon Trees, with guest Alex Winston, are at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday night at 9.
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