Album: Excommunication (2016)


  • Tyler Glenn was born and raised in the Mormon church. He came out as gay in March 2014 but lost his faith after the church announced a new ruling soon after that all LGBT members were apostates. This decadent celebration of excess and indulgence is about how the Neon Trees frontman felt when he started doing things forbidden by his former religion. He told ABC Radio:

    "Now... I don't know what I believe in. That sounds a little scary and dark but it's actually very exciting. I grew up saying, 'I know the Church is true. Now I don't know anything. And it's kind of exciting to find that out at [age] 32, in a way, it's liberating."
  • The song's music video shows Glenn dancing around neon-lit rooms. At one stage he sings to a well-dressed masked figure tied to a chair, who some fans assumed to be representing Mormon church founder Joseph Smith. However, Glenn explained to Billboard magazine this is not the case.

    "Well it's actually not Joseph Smith," he said. "Originally I just wanted some sort of general authority figure. I knew that those who knew my background would know it was an authority from the Mormon church. But that's kind of why we made the anonymous old man mask - to kind of give more of a vagueness. To me, I'm definitely tying up the leader of the church and showing him that I'm shameless."

Comments: 1

  • Sammy Hughes from Outer Space, New MexicoIn the end of the music video, when the mask comes off, you see a third layer to the lyric: not only is he singing to his ex, and to the church... but also singing to himself. The Mormon version of himself. It represents his journey to self-acceptance.

    "Why not take me now as I am?"
see more comments

Editor's Picks

James Bond Theme Songs

James Bond Theme SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know the 007 theme songs?

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular Music

Lace the Music: How LSD Changed Popular MusicSong Writing

Starting in Virginia City, Nevada and rippling out to the Haight-Ashbury, LSD reshaped popular music.

Butch Vig

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot

Jon Foreman of SwitchfootSongwriter Interviews

Switchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.