With well-enunciated vocals, a wealth of pop hooks and synth heavy melody lines, it’s easy to fall in love withNeon Trees. With their newly released debut album, Habits, the band merges Hockey with The Killers in songs about sexual-longing. The Killers comparison might not be that great of a surprise considering they group first picked up buzz when the Vegas rockers took Neon Trees out on tour for a few dates.
Radio single, “Animal,” gives a good taste into the band’s character. Musically, they start with a hooky intro with big drums and a great cue for clapping along. When Tyler Glenn enters with the vocals, he spirals down the scale, while singing the lines, “Here we go again,” before singing about the routine anguish of falling for someone and being willing to accept any form of love you can get even if it will end in pain or be emotionally unrequited. And just as he says, with the “Here we go again,” this does become a theme on the album. For example, in “Love and Affection,” he sings, “I just don’t understand why my love isn’t good enough.” This album is called“Habits,” so a theme of bad love decisions is appropriate. “Animal” also has some of the best lyrical presentation on the album. At one point, Glenn sings, “You’re killing me now,” but when he gets to “now,” he breaks it into “n-owwww.” By doing this it is like he is saying the “owwww” like he really is in pain.