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Neon Trees Celebrate Friends With Benefits - Song Premiere

Utah group's 'Sleeping With a Friend' is 'our biggest-sounding song to date'

Neon Trees
Andrew Zaeh
January 10, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Modern rock favorites Neon Trees return with "Sleeping With a Friend," the first track from the band’s forthcoming album, Pop Psychology, which drops April 22nd. The infectious ode to friends with benefits – which premieres here – comes ahead of the Provo, Utah-bred group's upcoming NBC performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (January 16th) and The Today Show (January 17th).

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"Sonically speaking it's our biggest-sounding song to date," frontman Tyler Glenn tells Rolling Stone. "That is probably because I was listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel's So record. Those pop songs of his are so huge and great. However, this record is a lot more personal in nature overall. I mean, how much more personal can you get than sex? This is not a sex song the way 'Blurred Lines' is . . . It's the kind of sex song that isn't this S&M, Rihanna-fueled fantasy world, but something a lot more intimate and therefore dangerous."

The band's third major label album follows 2010's Habits and 2012's Picture Show. Those albums yielded the respective hits "Animal" and "Everybody Talks." 

The group, which includes guitarist Christopher Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley, performed a series of surprise shows for fans this week in Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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