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Silversun Pickups Are at it Again! by ClevelandBloggers
November 5, 2009, 12:47 am
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Silversun Pickups have recently released their new album, Swoon. This album brings the same loose, psychedelic indie-garage band vibe as their first, Carnavas. With songs on their latest album that have a quality so similar to “Little Lover’s So Polite” and “Melatonin” from Carnavas, it’s obvious that Silversun Pickups have not lost their edge. Brian Aubert, the lead singer and guitarist says “It’s fun to kind of put lyrics into melodies that are on another bed of music because they might be too dark. Melding the two together is very interesting to us.” The songs on all of their albums have a deep bass line and distorted keyboard noises that give a somewhat playful tune. Silversun Pickups have a similar style to Sonic Youth and The Pixies; and all three have female band members. They have an eclectic sound reminiscent of 90’s bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

Silversun Pickups are known for the bass in their songs. My personal favorite song by them is “Three Seed”, off of Carnavas…mainly because of the prominent bass line. The bass in “Three Seed” has an extremely melancholy sound to it. There isn’t as much keyboard used in this song, which I like better because it doesn’t distort too much of the guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. When bassist Nikki Monninger was asked which song she thinks should be in an iPod commercial she said “Three Seed. It just has a really sexy sound to it. It’s a slower jam as opposed to our other stuff that’s a lot heavier. It should be an iTunes commercial!”. “Substitution”, yet another single from Swoon sounds quite a bit like “Common Reactor”, the last song on Carnavas. While all of the songs have the same thread that allows you to recognize them as Silversun Pickups, they don’t sound like the same song. They all have a unique quality to them that can make someone remember the first time they ever heard “Lazy Eye”, the first single off their 2007 album, Carnavas.

All of the members have agreed that their sound is definitely “skitzophrenic”, in a sense that it’s all over the place. According to Brian Aubert, they can be “Loud and quiet and ugly and pretty.” So far, the top two Southern California radio stations that play Silversun Pickups the most are 106.7 KROQ, and STAR 98.7. You can also hear a lot of Silversun Pickups on Indie 103.1, which is now only available online. Silversun Pickups have become very successful over the past two and a half years, and even played the outdoor music festival, Coachella in both 2008 and 2009. I think it’s safe to say that Silversun Pickups are here to stay and will bring something new to the music world with every album they release.

Last US tour date for this year: Nov 03, 2009 Universal City, CA

(P.S.) I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow I’ll be attending a Cage the Elephant conert at El Rey Theatre with your lovely Cleveland Life blogger, Halyna! For those of you interested in them, check back for a full review on Friday.

-Brenna Fletcher

(Your new music blogger)


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AWESOME. Of course I am totally in love with them thanks to your brilliant taste in music. 😀

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