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Silversun Pickups

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Los Angeles, California, United States (2005 – present)

Silversun Pickups is a Grammy-nominated American indie rock band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2005. The band consists of Brian Aubert (vocals, guitar), Nikki Monninger (bass, vocals), Joe Lester (keyboards) and Christopher Guanlao (drums). The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends’ bands. The Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) Songfacts explains that the name Silversun Pickups refers to a liquor store across the road L.A. rock-scene hang Silverlake Lounge. One of the band’s friends would often arrive at the store late at night to buy liquor, and would be as such making the “Silversun Pickup”. The band is signed to Dangerbird Records. They released their debut EP “Pikul” in July of 2005. The band has released three albums, 2006’s “Carnavas”, 2009’s “Swoon” and 2012’s “Neck Of The Woods”. The band managed two Top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2007: “Lazy Eye” (#5) and “Well Thought Out Twinkles” (#9). In 2009, they managed their third top 10 on the chart, “Panic Switch” (#1) and a fourth song “Substitution” was also on that chart (#23).

Silversun Pickups have been compared to The Smashing Pumpkins (possibly due in part to Brian Aubert’s vocal style) and 90’s shoegazing bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride, and Slowdive. Silversun Pickups claim they have been heavily influenced by Modest Mouse and The Velvet Underground as well as other lesser-known acts.

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  • Anti-Reverse

    I realized that the one uniting characteristic for bands I actually consider my "favorite" is an unusual vocalist. I don't think I'd like SSPU nearly as much without the vocals to match.

    Yesterday 2:44am Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Oddly enough, his voice is the thing that puts me off the most when listening to this band. I guess it's a matter of getting used to, though. I also would have like Silversun Pickups to pursue the direction they seem to have been headed to with "Swoon", instead of getting back on track with its follow up album. Here's hoping they'll bring the noisier guitars back someday.

    20 Sep 12:07am Reply
  • chronicplutonic

    i can't tell if i like his voice or not, but i like listening to it. it seems there's a difference

    19 Sep 7:34pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    I wasn't calling "Swoon" heavy "per se", I was just acknowledging it as Silversun Pickups' heaviest album as far as, as you say, noise in their sound goes.

    18 Sep 5:17pm Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    my perspective is from a metal side of things though so maybe I don't even know what simple heaviness is in the context of alt and indie rock

    10 Sep 8:36pm Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    still wouldn't call swoon, well, heavy? there's an aversion to rock heaviness on the album, even if tinges of heaviness show up from time to time. abrasive, noisy, yeah but not unlike anything gaze-influenced. compared to starflyer 59 or even the smashing pumpkins, there's not enough to really call swoon 'heavy'

    10 Sep 8:35pm Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    neck of the woods reinvented the band again, but I just wanted another swoon...

    10 Sep 8:28pm Reply
  • Nightmaru

    Acoustic SHOW I meant. X)

    10 Sep 7:22pm Reply
  • Nightmaru

    Brian and Nikki are going to be playing a special acoustic song in Altadena, October 5th! Check it out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-4-pef-music-festival-tickets-8089342441

    10 Sep 6:59pm Reply
  • Anti-Reverse

    Heck, Swoon could be heavier than it is. "Growing Old is Getting Old" needs louder drums in its climax.

    6 Sep 6:36pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Well, IceSpoon, it's not as heavy as, say, Godflesh, but as far as Indie Rock goes, it sure sounds HEAVY. Nice guitar riffs and loud drumming and stuff. But nice to know someone else feels the same way about it.

    5 Sep 6:08pm Reply
  • IceSpoon

    @thekillingspree yeah I think so, "Swoon" is the heaviest album they have...and it's not exactly heavy if you ask me.

    2 Sep 10:45pm Reply
  • MrAddicted

    COME TO BRAZIL [4]

    31 Aug 7:30pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Wow, much less busy shoutbox than I'd imagined... Anyway, I'm fairly new to all Silversun Pickups things, so I was wondering if "Swoon" is, indeed, their sort of heaviest album to date, because it sounds like that to me (it doesn't sound like their other albums, at all), and I just wanted to make sure it's not my Alzheimer's kicking in.

    20 Aug 9:00pm Reply
  • Alex_Darkness

    Russia calling! [11]

    17 Aug 11:00am Reply
  • YaYaYareli

    I really like them

    16 Aug 12:13am Reply
  • Bonus-for-Loris

    Russia calling! [10]

    24 Jul 3:55pm Reply
  • missingpage

    do an european tour! pls! xx

    31 May 2:14pm Reply
  • Maximizer21

    Russia calling! [9]

    24 May 10:37am Reply
  • bigMATTz

    come to Houston and Austin!!

    15 May 4:55am Reply
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