The Silversun Pickups are an indie band that doesn’t sound like your average indie band. They have bits of emocore, classic rock revitalism, and psychedelia blended in. Together they offer up a unique brand of rock and roll.
Rocks Like: Coheed and Cambria, Kill Hannah
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Full Lengths: Carnavas (2006), Swoon (2009)
Silversun Pickups are a very recognizable band. You will likely either love them — or hate them — for lead vocalist Brian Aubert’s nasal, hihg-range vocals. Vocally Aubert sounds most like Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria, but also very much like Mat Devine of Kill Hannah, a lesser noted comparison.
Part of why people will automatically draw the C&C comparison is the instrumentation, which, especially on their latest album is very similar to that found on the less metallic C&C tracks.
Overall Silversun Pickups is a pretty enjoyable listen when you’re looking for a long listen. There’s a greater consistency than with Coheed and Cambria — all of the songs are pretty good, there’s few really memorable ones, but few really bad ones either. Basically Silversun Pickups is a band that’s made worth it by its unusual vocals.
Pic: Brian Aubert, Lead vocalist of the Silversun Pickups (Wikimedia Commons)
Overall I believe Carnavas (which I would rate at 4/5 stars) to be slightly better than Swoon (3.5/5 stars). Still Swoon has some standout tracks like “Panic Switch” that elevate the band’s sort of pleasant hum into the realm where it actually becomes memorable.
And that’s what really excites me about Silversun Pickups. Where C&C floundered and only recently returned to form (and is perpetually sidetracked by their comic book efforts) and Kill Hannah’s songwriting has slipped, Silversun Pickups is perhaps the best and brightest hope for high-pitched male indie vocals. If that’s your cup of tea, or if you just find the style interesting you should definitely check them out.
The band plays at The Fillmore on July 2 (a Friday) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28.00 (plus fees) and can be found here.