Neon Trees' third record is out and available now, and so far, Pop Psychology has been a success for the band thanks in large part to the single, "Sleeping with a Friend." Like two of the band's previous hits before it, "Animals" and "Everybody Talks" it's the lead single of the album and immediately made the record a source of validation for the group. Recently talking with Alternative Addiction, Neon Trees' drummer Elaine Bradley talked about the band's work and their new album. She contrasted the band's mindset going into all three records.
"The first one, interestingly enough, as a band you work really hard and you tour as much as you can," started Bradley. "You try and get noticed. Then you get someone to notice you and you get a record deal. In your mind, you're a little validated, but then you realize really quickly that's where the work begins. Not every band that gets signed gets to release a record, so then there's an immense amount of pressure gets put on. The first record process was pretty stressful. We worked with Tim Pagnatta, that was his first record to produce and our first album to record, and so there was a level of stress for us that had been unparalleled to that point. We had a good point at times, and then wanted to kill each other at other times. There was label pressure and management pressure. The fact that we got it put out and we had a single do well, was really refreshing. I don't think we ever thought that we were going to be a popular band. We just wanted to be popular enough to have a career. We never thought of ourselves as a pop band, we thought of ourselves as an alternative band. To have crossover success with 'Animal' with the first record was a trip. We didn't expect it. Then, you start to wonder if you're going to be a one hit wonder.
"Going into the second album it was nice that we didn't think about it. We just wanted to make something we were proud of. When 'Everybody Talks' turned into a bigger song than Animal, that was an even better stress reliever and an even bigger trip because we totally didn't expect that. For this third album, we decided to do it with TIm. That was nice because we talked about what we liked and what we didn't like about making the first record. We were on the same page before we even stepped into the studio. It's my favorite recording process that we've done, and it turned out great."
"Sleeping With A Friend" is still doing extremely well for the band, and like the band's last two records they should enjoy at least some moderate radio success with their second and third singles. Either way, the success of Pop Psychology and the first single has already paved the way for Neon Trees to make a fourth record.