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posted Friday, September 26 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 39
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Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn on Seattle memories, coming out and crushes

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The growing list of artists in pop music who've bravely come out now includes Tyler Glenn, frontman of the Provo-based outfit Neon Trees. Raised in a Mormon household, the 30 year-old singer-songwriter-vocalist revealed his personal life to Rolling Stone in April, news that circulated well within the group's fan base and was returned with full support. The four-piece act had already enjoyed international hit singles with 'Animal' and 'Everybody Talks,' before adding more to their collection with 'Sleeping with a Friend' and 'Text Me in the Morning,' off their new album Pop Psychology. In the past year, Neon Trees opened shows for Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, when not performing to sold-out audiences of their own, like the large crowd at Bumbershoot they drew earlier this month. It was at Seattle Center that I caught up with Glenn hours before the band went on stage. Wearing tight, shiny black pants, a colorful patterned short-sleeve shirt and sunglasses, with platinum-blond short hair, he definitely stood out amongst the throng of festival-goers under the Space Needle. In a quiet room at McCaw Hall, here's what Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees shared with me inside The Music Lounge.

Albert Rodriguez: Is there anything you particularly like or dislike about Seattle?

Tyler Glenn: I think all the folklore I've always loved. I grew up in Southern California and I feel like alternative music was born here. So that for me was always an attraction. But playing here, I'm always surprised, like we always have really good crowds here. I'm always blown away by the reaction, and that doesn't happen in every city you go to; sometimes you really have to work for it, and here it's always around you. I love the green-like nature. And, I'm kind of a self-deprecator, so I like that it rains a lot.

Rodriguez: Have you had a chance to explore the city when you're not playing?

Glenn: Yeah, but when I explore it, it's for food or shopping. I actually had a really neat experience: my Dad was doing business up here when I was 18, and me and my Dad didn't get along, but I wanted to go and see Seattle - this is right after I graduated high school - and I went to see EMP right as it opened, and then my Dad and I had a nice breakthrough at a truck stop somewhere in Seattle. So I've always likened Seattle to a nice family-moment as well. I remember that fondly.

Rodriguez: Let's talk about shopping. Do you pick up things along the way when you're on tour, or do you wait until you get to certain cities like Paris, which you're headed to?

Glenn: I actually have never shopped in Paris, but we've been there a few times. I'm excited about Berlin because we played a show there and I only had a couple of hours to hang out, but we actually have a day off this time. And I've never been to Amsterdam either, and we have a day there, too. So that's going to be really fun. It's hard to go into a store these days and find something cool; a lot of it's become more of having friends or people that I trust to make stuff for me.

Rodriguez: Since you guys are playing Bumbershoot, will you return to Seattle this year, or is this it for 2014?

Glenn: I don't think this is it. We didn't play on the summer tour here because we knew we had Bumbershoot; I've always wanted to play this festival. But anytime we play here, it's been awesome; so I hope we play here. But I don't have a straight answer for you.

Rodriguez: But you might be back?

Glenn: Yeah.

Rodriguez: You recently went through the process of coming out. Do you feel it's still important for artists to make this statement publicly?

Glenn: It's weird, because I didn't do it for the story. I really did it for myself, because I was going a little bit nuts. I didn't feel like I was hiding it that well; I was always very flamboyant on stage. I always answered my questions the way I answered them, so it was never a thing where I was deeply closeted. But I wasn't able to share normal, personal things with close friends. And then when I wrote this last album, I started to include the stories in a lot of the songs. And I thought the songs were my security to come out, I guess. I was like 'I don't want to do another group of songs on a record where I have to lie about what the songs are about.' And I met Karen, who wrote the Rolling Stone piece, and she was really interested in writing the story, and she's a Lesbian, and she came out and visited for three days in my town in Utah and really got to know me and my background, so I felt comfortable with the situation. But it was never a thing where I felt that I needed to come out. Afterwards, I see the importance of sharing your coming out story, whether you're very flamboyant or whether you like fashion or whether you're a sports figure, I think everyone's story changes the face of what Gay means to the public, and I think it's important.

Rodriguez: Do you have any rock star crushes, like Adam Levine or Robin Thicke?

Glenn: [Laughs.] Neither of them. We toured with Maroon 5, and obviously Adam is a beautiful guy, but I'm more interested in very masculine, chubby dudes. I've always been attracted to those kind of guys. [Laughs.] So I don't know of any rock stars that have that look.

Rodriguez: Bon Iver is a little thick.

Glenn: He's cute. [Laughs.]

Rodriguez: And Seattle is prime for outdoorsy bearded types.

Glenn: Yeah, maybe I'll find somebody here. [Laughs.]

Rodriguez: What's on deck for the rest of 2014?

Glenn: We are doing another tour. We're excited to take out this really cool new band called Echosmith, and it's a female-fronted band. I don't think we've ever had a female-fronted band open for us, so I'm excited about that. And then we have a band called No Devotion, and they're ex-members of bands called Thursday and lostprophets, that were really cool rock bands in the '90s, and they're going to open for us, too. So we're doing that and we're going to do some Christmas shows, and I think that's how we'll finish the year.

Rodriguez: If you could be any female diva or female musician for a day, who would it be?

Glenn: It's usually Cyndi Lauper. She's so, so wonderful. To be able to maintain her creativity and maintain such an iconic status. I'm always interested in Lady GaGa's life and how she goes through so much transformation and the ebb and flow of her career. So either one of those probably.

Rodriguez: Have you thought about what you're going to be for Halloween?

Glenn: We've been talking about it. Last year we did the Ramones, and we played a live Ramones cover show, which was really cool. I was Joey, and I pulled it off pretty well, to be honest. We're actually playing in Austin this Halloween, so we want to think about a band to emulate. So, I will say, yes, we're considering; but we don't know exactly where we're at yet. When I'm on my own, I like the blood and the guts and the gore; that's why I love Halloween. But the rest of the band is more into emulating someone.

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