Silversun Pickups’ widely anticipated debut EP, Pikul, will be released July 26, 2005 on Dangerbird Records.
Silversun Pickups coalesced in the east-side Los Angeles enclave of Silverlake. The area’s thriving music community has spawned many a critical darling, including Earlimart and Autolux. Local camaraderie developed further when a handful of these bands formed a loose collective known as The Ship. They play together, live together and appear on each other’s albums, as demonstrated by the six-song Pikul: “All the Go In Betweens” was recorded by Earlimart’s Aaron Espinoza.
Said the Los Angeles Times of Silversun Pickups’ sonic signature: “The band’s sound is distinctive – over Nikki Monninger’s loping, occasionally acrobatic bass lines, [frontman Brian] Aubert sings in a faintly tortured voice, and his penchant for painterly guitar textures is played out in dreamy layers or neck-snapping cascades of riffage Neil Young would love.”
The band’s continual gigging has earned them a devoted following and established them as a must-see local live act. Silversun Pickups have begun broadening their reach beyond their home base, however, with their most recent performance transpiring in Toronto at the NXNE Festival.
released July 26, 2005
Produced by Rod Cervera at Clearlake Audio and Sunset Sound except, All The Go Inbetweens -- Recorded by Aaron Espinoza at The Ship 2002.
The Fuzz recorded by Brian Thornell at The Ship in 2003
All songs written by SIlversun Pickups, except Creation Lake by The Movies (2002)
Mixed by Rod Cervera
Mastered by Mark Chaleki at Capitol Mastering
Brian Aubert: Guitar, Vocals
Nikki Monninger: Bass, Vocals
Joe Lester: Sounds, Keyboards
Christopher Guanlao: Drums
gorgeous sonics and atmosphere on this record, as should be the case on any slowdive album. this album successfully modernizes their sound without compromising on the dreamy textures and beautiful songs that made slowdive so good in the first place. does falter a little on the back half but not much, and the best tracks hold up to the band's classic songs imo. really a late-career masterpiece tbh fall