Last night, July 8th, the Neon Trees hit the NYC stop of their Pop Psychology tour, featuring Nightmare & the Cat, Smallpools, and, exclusively for the night, Brooklyn’s own The Stationary Set.
The Central Park SummerStage was the perfect setting for the sunny vibes that warmed up the crowd during the opening acts. The space was actually pretty intimate and there were only a little over 200 people in the audience, something I wasn’t expecting at all, considering what a huge fan base the artists have. But, the smaller audience resulted in no less energy than a larger crowd—or volume, for that matter, as proven by the earsplitting screams that filled the open air when Smallpools threw their signature killer whales into the crowd. The noise on the floor, as well as the insane thumping base and beach-y rhythm guitar sometimes made it hard to make out the lead vocals, but rest assured, all lyrics gaps were filled in by the audience who sang along to every word.
Still, the first three hours of the concert didn’t even compare to the explosion of energy that occurred when a large white sheet went up in front of the stage, blurred psychedelic lights beaming from behind. Then the curtain fell… but everything was just getting started.
Tyler Glenn’s stage presence is really a sight to see. Not only is he crazy, but he’s also crazy confident. His quirky dance moves and witty anecdotal leads into songs all played vital roles in creating what was such a fantastic show. His personality lives up to his image; he is every bit as vibrant as his wardrobe.
The entirety of the tour’s namesake album was played, as well as some oldies-but-goodies. “Animal” had everything partying like it was 2010. Fans also went crazy for the new Pop Psychology favorites, including “I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends)” and “Unavoidable”, on which Elaine Bradley put down her drumsticks and gave the mic a little spin of her own. She also added a fun touch to their cover of Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me”, where she both sang and rocked the drum set. Talk about a #GIRLBOSS.
Before this concert, while I easily could dance to and belt out all the lyrics to “Everything Talks”, I admittedly wasn’t always such major fan of the Neon Trees. But, after seeing them live, I can say without a doubt that I’m a believer in Pop Psychology. Want to be part of the hype? The tour is going until October, so check their site to see if they’ll be at a stop near you.