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
I DON'T KNOW WHY (ha) I didn't give this album more of a chance when it dropped! Once I approached this album with a more open mind (not comparing it too much to their earlier work) I realized it was quite brilliant and charming in it's own right.
Favorite Track: "Don't Know Why" Steven Reichling
After the relatively tight, restrained songs of Wilderness Heart, IV sees Black Mountain stretch way, way out again. There are no 17-minute songs, but a few hover around 10, and in general IV is much more psychedelic and experimental than anything that came before. Fantastic. Levrikon