Monday, March 30, 2009

Album: Silversun Pickups - Swoon

Band: Silversun Pickups
Album: Swoon
Label: Dangerbird Records
Year: 2009

01.There's No Secrets This Year
02.The Royal We
03.Growing Old Is Getting Old
04.It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
05.Panic Switch
07.Sort Of
09.Catch and Release
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Silversun Pickups are an American alternative/shoegazing band which formed in Los Angeles, California, United States in 2005. The band consists of Brian Aubert (vocals, guitar), Nikki Monninger (vocals, bass), Joe Lester (keyboards) and Christopher Guanlao (drums). The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends’ bands. The band is signed to Dangerbird Records. They released their debut EP “Pikul” in July of 2005 and their full length album “Carnavas” was released on July 26, 2006. 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).

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.

Their first break came when a friend mailed a boombox demo to CMJ and they were accepted. They got their start in many of the most important L.A. clubs and began to draw a strong following upon the release of the Pikul EP. This culminated in frequent touring, including a co-headlining stint with Viva Voce.

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