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).
“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 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.