Thursday, June 1, 2006

Silversun Pickups

A lot of what I have been listening to lately is acoustic or laptop driven, and I am really missing out on the rock. After listening to the new Silversun Pickups album, Carnavas, that is going to change. It’s so easy to throw out comparisons for this band, but that almost takes away from their sound. Space rock, early 90’s alternative, shoe gaze: these are terms that are used to describe bands, but rarely do those bands live up to the name.

Much like a teenage boy in puberty, I’m about to date myself. I grew up listening to the Pumpkins and the Pixies, before they were selling out reunion tours. I grew up hearing guitar sounds explode through speaker, not laptop blips and bleeps. Distortion, feedback and noise were things I loved about music, and thanks to the Silversun Pickups, I realize I still do.

So many bands today talk about how Billy Corgan (or maybe that is Billy Corgan talking about how he influenced other bands), My Bloody Valentine and the Pixies helped form their sound, but how many actually pull it off? This LA-based quartet has taken the time to polish their sound and (from what I’ve heard) live performances and this album should propel them into the spotlight.

Twelve songs, all over four-minutes in length, rich in slow moving bass lines, keyboard textures, pounding drums and huge pedaled guitars crescendo into a wall of sound that is perfectly paired with bassist Nikki Monninger and front man Brian Aubert vocals. Bands like Silversun Pickups (and Wolfmother) are bring the rock back to Indie rock.

I highly recommend this album. There's not a bad song on it, and it's like finding a time capsule back to a day in music that needs to be revisited. Listen to Lazy Eye and try not to think of the Breeders. Listen to the slow, elegant intro of Dream at Tempo 119 and try not to want to dance or bob along with the pounding rhythm. Listen.

Side note: If you are going to visit the Web site, take a Gravol first. The header will make you want to yack…literally.

MP3:: Lazy Eye – Live on KEXP via SMS

Posted at 5:01 PM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Malcolm Rodgers did sayeth:

Agree with this review... May I recommend you check out Immaculate Machine and also Appleseed Cast. Another 2 of my current favs.


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