Monday night, fans packed 9:30 Club for a sold out, ‘intimate night out’ with Tyler Glenn, Branden Campbell, Elaine Bradley, and Chris Allen – or better known as American rock band, Neon Trees from Provo, Utah. “We are going to sing, sweat and dance together,” said Tyler, Neon Trees’ lead singer.
This tour is much different in comparison to last year’s Pop Psychology tour. There wasn’t an elaborate stage set up with stairs or a blow up brain this time, it was just the band in front of lights and the artwork of their latest single, “Songs I Can’t Listen To.” The stage was much more toned down from last year, but their energy was just as high as ever. This time around, their performance was not pop; it was as if they went back to their roots of rock music, and it was amazing. The majority of the first several songs of their set were from their first two albums, Habits and Picture Show.
Neon Trees could sell out much larger venues – they put on such a great show, they have several radio hits, and their shows sell out quickly. But the band chooses to perform in more intimate club venues when they tour, which is especially fitting for a tour titled “An Intimate Night Out with Neon Trees.” Tyler Glenn loves to interact with the crowd, which really adds to the great showmanship quality that Neon Trees has that may get lost in bigger venues. This tour only has a few dates left, so if they are stopping in your city, make sure to see it – if they aren’t already sold out!
Supporting Neon Trees on this tour date were COIN and Fictionist.
Reigning from Nashville, COIN got the crowd dancing with their alternative rock music with synth. Just putting out their debut album, Run, a month ago, it was impressive that the crowd knew all the lyrics to their songs. Making up COIN is Chase Lawrence, Joe Memmel, Ryan Winen and Zachary Dyke. COIN definitely an artist to watch and to see live next time they are in your town!
Alternative rock band, Fictionist, started the night off performing songs off their latest debut album, FICTIONIST. Aaron Anderson, Robbie Connolly, Brandon Kitterman and Stuart Maxfield make up Fictionist, and the band shares the same hometown of Provo, Utah as Neon Trees.
All images © 2015 Christa Rae Settle // Christa Rae Photography for Eye on Annapolis