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Monday 27 January 2020

Neon Trees' Glenn happy to come out

Neon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn says the third album was celebratory
Neon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn says the third album was celebratory

Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn says the band's third album is their most celebratory because he became confident while making it about being open about being gay.

The lead vocalist and keyboardist of the alternative rock band decided to open up about his sexuality in a letter to Rolling Stone in April, a secret he had kept since his childhood.

"I used to think I'd not have to come out, but then I went to therapy - I still talk to a therapist - and I got really confident through talking to her," he said.

Tyler said he was inspired to come out when the group, which also consists of Chris Allen, Branden Campbell and Elaine Bradley, released their third album, Pop Psychology.

"I made the decision to come out after the record was made, but it was there in the build-up, and I think as a result it's the most celebratory album we've put out," he explained.

"By the time I got to this new album I wanted to be able to tell people what the songs were about in interviews. I think eventually, turning 30 became significant, and I wanted symbolically to leave some of my wasted years behind. I told my producer, got a great reaction from him, so then told my mum and dad and friends. I got it out of the way with people I speak to every day and it went very well."

He added: "I'm really grateful for the way it turned out. I recognise it doesn't always happen that way, so I was humbled. I had a lot of nice messages of support from all over about it. I think the only negative reaction was from gay atheists."

Neon Trees will play at V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford on August 16 and 17 respectively, and London's O2 Islington Academy on September 15.

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