Silversun Pickups/Swoon

Silversun Pickups is an American rock band from Los Angeles, Ca. Throughout their short career, the band has released 2 EPs’ and 2 full-length CDs’. Despite constant comparisons to Alt-Rockers The Smashing Pumpkins, Silversun Pickups owe more to noisier 90’s Icons like My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth. The bands’ debut, released in 2006, produced 4 top-ten singles on the Modern Rock chart. Swoon was released in April 2009.

There’s No Secrets This Year—-Jumping on you from the quiet, the layers of sound increase and increase. Brian’s voice is top notch and welcome. I have been waiting for this release since early last year. The song is very ‘heavy’ in guitar layers, the duo vocal delivery is supreme!

The Royal We—-a nice enough keyboard intro, vocal coming out of the subtle reverb. Brian emotes so much in his delivery. At times, he reminds me much more of Claudio Sanchez  from Coheed And Cambria than the ever present Billy Corgancomparisons. The guitar jangles along at a steady pace and a bass induced hum lies in the background. At times the song open up in a full rock-gallop,  then reins itself back in waiting for the homestretch.

Growing Old Is Getting Old—-A sedate pleasant bass guitar intro with a nice quiet hum in the backdrop. The vocal has a nice echo, giving it a nice psychedelic feel. This band brings together so many musical sounds from the past, combines them together and makes itself unique in its’ own right. Very Nice!! The song literally explodes into a cosmic noise-fest that makes my pulse quicken and my body flush. WOW!!!

It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone—-From the onset, sounding like a different band altogether! The bass emerges, the vocals join in and I am comfortable again. The song has a wonderful ebb and flow cohesiveness that really works. The chorus is in your brain, the melody permeates your cells. As good as Little Lover So Polite, and that is saying something for me. I have listened to that song about 100,000,000 times!

Panic Switch—-The first single released from this CD, it is acceptable. I think there are more and better to come from this CD. It is undeniably noisy and comfortable, which is probably why it was chosen. Brian delivers a wonderful vocal, the delivery is intense. A great video also….check out how freaky the drummer is…lol.

Draining—-Sedate and emotive, the quiet beauty of the song is the high point. The duo vocal is wonderful, and the chorus brings it home. The nice musical interlude in the song is a pleasant romp through ‘quiet noise’. Beautiful

Sort Of—-The beginning chords of the song borrow some sort of sound from the Billy Idol classic Rebel Yell. It seems to disappear as soon as it might be noticed. Another song with one of those magnificent ‘stick-in your brain’ choruses. Fantastically delivered and wonderfully constructed. I LOVE THIS BAND!!!

Substitutions—-A nice bass driven romp. The guitar chord is more upfront in the mix, and a down=tempo to the music brings on the chorus. Not as noisy, but still as powerful.

Catch And Release—-A nice Flea inspired bass line, the vocals are more calm and introspective. The song really never goes forward for me. Not a favorite but still passable.

Surrounded [or spiraling]—-Ending the release with a nice Jesus And Mary Chainfuzz, the noise in the background actually sounds layered on top of another layer. When Brian sings of distortion and being surrounded, he describes the feeling of the song precisely.

****1/2 out of 5

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