I’m cheating a little bit today: I posted on Silversun Pickups last week during my stint as house guest at Gorilla vs. Bear. The problem is, I like them so much that I wanted to represent at my own site.
The great KEXP, through its song of the day podcast, introduced me to the band, a quartet from Los Angeles named after a liquor store on Sunset Boulevard. (I shall do my best to visit this Silversun Liquors when I’m in LA next week.) As I said in the GvsB post, I do believe we’re in the midst of a shoegazer revival. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier about that. Bands like Hum and Catherine Wheel were (are) some of my favorites that would fall under that category, loosely defined by a sprawling sound but still with melodies you can grab onto. Comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins wouldn’t be too far off the mark either.
Silversun Pickups | Kissing Families
Silversun Pickups | Lazy Eye (from KEXP in-studio)