Neon Trees was formed in 2005, Elaine joined the band shortly after its beginning. The band got their first big break opening for The Killers on their 2008 North American tour. Soon after in late 2008, they signed with Mercury Records. All four members of Neon Trees are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Before Mercury Records, the group released an EP called Becoming Different People in 2006. They released their first studio album with Mercury called Habits in March 2010. Their first single “Animal” climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Alternative Rock Chart.
In February 2011 the sound embarked on a European Tour opening for the alternative rock band Angels and Airwaves. In late March through the month of April they opened for My Chemical Romance during the North American portion of their World Contamination Tour.