The music scene is a rat race for most bands, but Silversun Pickups' entry into it was a little different than many. The L.A. band formed amongst a group of friends who just wanted to play music while hanging with some real friends. Brian Aubert (guitarist/singer) says “In the beginning, we were just trying to figure out what we wanted to do, didn’t even know if this was what we wanted to do. But we were playing clubs while we were learning – and I was learning to be a frontman all of a sudden.” This birth-by-concert beginning might be why the group has been getting such rave reviews for their live performances. Check them out on their current tour with Viva Voce. Here are some upcoming dates. For more, check out the band's website.
9.28 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco CA
9.29 Howie and Sons Visalia CA
9.30 The Echo Los Angeles CA
10.1 Modified Phoenix AZ
10.3 Emo’s Austin TX
10.4 Opolis Norman OK
10.5 Randy Bacon Gallery Springfield MO
10.7 Courtyard Caf Urbana IL
10.8 Southgate House Newport KY
10.10 Iota Club and Caf Arlington VA
Silversun Pickups' first major release was a short EP, Pikul, followed by a full length release, Carnavas, this year. Many, many people have compared their sound to the Smashing Pumpkins, and for good reason. Whether you like the Pumpkins or not, there are some definite parallels between James Iha and Brian Aubert's fuzzy and incessant guitar fingering as well as between Aubert's voice and Billy Corgan. This is not labeling Silversun Pickups a Smashing Pumpkins Tribute band; the Pickups' sound may be similar, but they've got some tricks of their own to play as well. The rich guitar work makes you want to get up and do some air guitar of your own, and Brian Aubert's screaming raspy wails kicks it up another notch. The entire album just rocks. Period.
Silversun Pickups - Sci Fi Lullaby : Pikul
Silversun Pickups - Melatonin : Carnavas
Silversun Pickups - Little Lover's So Polite : Carnavas