Up from Mormonism
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Published in: November-December 2014 issue.


Pop PsychologyPop Psychology
Album by Neon Trees
Island Records


“COME OUT as a wanderer. Come out as a questioner. One day it won’t matter. But it still does.” The author of this exhortation is Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of the alt-rock band Neon Trees, who came out in Rolling Stone earlier this year. Glenn’s confession coincided with the release of the band’s third studio album, Pop Psychology, a title reportedly inspired by the therapy he sought after a minor meltdown back in 2012 and the cancellation of some tour dates. He went on, in a Facebook post, to urge his fans: “Come out as you. That’s all I really can say. That’s what I’d say to me at 21, the scared return Mormon missionary who knew this part of himself but loved God too. You can do both. Don’t let anyone tell you [otherwise]. All my love and hope, and for now, back to the music.”

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Colin Carman PhD teaches British and American literature at Colorado Mesa University.