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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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  • Flynner11

    Gonna be damn good.

    15 Jul 8:45pm Reply
  • Maximizer21

    HYPE! NEW ALBUM "BETTER NATURE" - SEPTEMBER 25! OMG, that was a sensational way to reveal this!

    15 Jul 4:52pm Reply
  • olegkrasnov

    "Kissing Families" - magnificently!

    7 Jul 7:38pm Reply
  • creeper68

    lying on the beach and try playing imaginary drums to each Silversun Pickups Song. I can't stop listening to. Note for me: Buy a real drum kit.

    16 May 9:22pm Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    this is really nice.

    15 Apr 2:12pm Reply
  • nelin9

    Great band great sound great vocals ♥

    23 Mar 5:41pm Reply
  • divingstation42

    neck of the woods is their best

    21 Jan 7:37pm Reply
  • lennyke

    I'd consider Neck of the Woods their "heaviest" overall, no? Suppose I could be wrong. Yeah, no, I definitely think Neck of the Woods is heavier. Panic Switch has nothing on Mean Spirits, Simmer etc.

    13 Jan 10:16pm Reply
  • trillwave

    swoon is SO good. so happy my friend showed me these guys.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Soul-was-Sold

    Russia calling! [12]

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
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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.

    30 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

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

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nightmaru

    Acoustic SHOW I meant. X)

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Nightmaru

    Brian and Nikki are going to be playing a special acoustic song in Altadena, October 5th! Check it out:

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
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