Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Silversun Pickups

Posted by Amoebite, March 20, 2009 10:16pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Day #4 - Artist #4 - Silversun Pickups:

What is a Silversun Pickup anyways? I know a pickup is the part of an electric guitar that translates the vibration of the strings into an electrical signal, but  naming your band after an accentuated part of your intsrument? Sounds like an idea that was originated by a circle of hippies sitting on a hill. Why not name it "Mother of Pearl Rosette" ($20 to the person that gets that pop culture reference)?

Well, I learned what a silversun pick up is about four days after moving to Los Angeles this past July.  Before living in Los Angeles, I had alway heard about the famed indie/alternative music scene in LA's Silver Lake nieghborhood. So the first week in town, my roommate and I decided to check out the first night of Eagle Rock band Princeton's residency at Silver Lake Lounge's legendary Monday night up-and-comers showcase. Between bands we ran across the street to grab some food/drinks at the convenience store on the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards. While crossing the street back to the show, I was informed that I had just completed my first "Silver-Sun Pickup." And my roommate went on to explain that the most recent band to break out of Silver Lake with their 2006 album Carnavas dubbed themselves Silversun Pickups from their late night beer-runs to the same Silversun Liquors that we refueled at that night, on the corner of Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups two major boulevards.

After the release of Silversun Pickups' Carnavas in mid-2006, the band embarked on a ground assault of US clubs and festivals over the next year and a half. The path was clear for the invasion with support from an air(wave) assault led by the single "Lazy Eye" blowing up rock radio around the country.

Things have been quiet from the Silver Lakers for some time, but on April 14th, they will be back with their sophomore album, Swoon, just in time for their Friday night performance at Coachella on April 17, 2009.

Since getting a link to new song "Panic Switch" emailed to me from a friend last week, I have not been able to turn it off.  Every time I've put this song on, I've listened to it at least three times straight through! Some songs need a thesaurus to describe them...and others just plain and simple kick ass. 

"Panic Switch" from the forthcoming album Swoon:

"Lazy Eye" from Silversun Pickups' debut album Carnavas (2006):

"Well Thought Out Twinkles" from Silversun Pickups' debut album Carnavas (2006):
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