June 3, 2015


Tyler Glenn & Dustin Lance Black Are a Couple in New Neon Trees Video

Despite all the steps forward the world has made for gay rights, homosexual relationships and lifestyles are still underrepresented in the music industry. Neon Trees balance the scales a bit with their new video for "Songs I Can't Listen To."

Watch above as the band's frontman Tyler Glenn (who came out to the world as a "Mormon gay pop star" in an awesomely honest interview with Rolling Stone last March) stars alongside film director/LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black. Gone is the rock band's signature wild outfits and bizarro visuals, instead focusing on the highs and lows of Glenn and Black's onscreen relationship—the first time Glenn has been with a man on camera.

The single's lyrics pair perfectly here as everyone has those songs you just can't listen to after breaking up with a significant other (it's Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps" for this writer).

It's a refreshingly normal and uncomplicated visual that shows that all relationships (gay, heterosexual, lesbian, interracial, whatever) are complicated, but we all go through the good and bad with our chosen ones, making this video all the more universal and pertinent this LGBTQ Pride Month.