Led by vocalist Tyler Glenn, rock band Neon Trees
is best known for their track "Everybody Talks" which dominated the radio in the summer of 2012. The road leading up to the success of this track was a long one, but it included the release of two albums, Picture Show
the latter of which featured another Neon Trees hit by the name of "Animals." I doubt that when the band was formed 12 years ago that any member thought they would end up having millions of people listening to their music, because that's just a dream to most rising musicians isn't it? Three studio albums later and the dream has become a reality. It probably takes a while to internalize that sort of success, which could explain why we haven't heard any new music from Neon Trees since Pop Psychology
in 2014, apart from a stand alone single, "Songs I Can't Listen To," two years ago. Thankfully, that was a big enough gap for the band to take everything in, and now they're back with a brand new track.
On a Neon Trees spectrum, "Feel Good" falls somewhere between classic and completely new. The track is reminiscent of mid 2000s bands such as Metro Station and Boys Like Girls, but a heavy pop presence is presented throughout the track. As "Stay, you and me, we can dance the night away," blares over the heavy instruments throughout the chorus you start to feel as though you've been transported to a Grease-esque sock hop. Here scientists are trying to discover the secret to time travel when we've had it this whole time: Neon Trees' music.
The sound of the track isn't exactly like what you'd expect from Neon Trees, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because we get to see the band expanding their horizons and playing around with some new sounds, and a curse because it becomes harder and harder to envision how the album will come together with these sounds. We have three albums from Neon Trees to base our expectations on, but singles, especially one like "Feel Good," are a much better indicator of upcoming releases. So, in short, we're all both excited and terrified all at once; but, I have faith that no matter which direction the next project goes in, Neon Trees will not disappoint.