If you have not listened to Silversun Pickups in the past, I urge you to listen to them now. Their newest album titled Better Nature was released in 2015, but I recently began hearing it on the radio and feel that I will be forever hooked on the smooth sounds and catchy lyrics. It is unclear as to how I have missed out on their music over the years; but now that they have gained my attention, I purchased concert tickets to see them live later this month. For this reason, I thought I should dig into the band’s history and sound to get a better idea of who they are.
Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band formed in 2000 out of the Los Angeles area. It is composed of Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao and Joe Lester, all who play a variety of instruments. With their newest album, the band was determined to get out of their comfort zones and try something new – and it worked wonders. The band even used a vibraphone on one of their songs titled Tape Deck. The band appears to be all about experimentation and furthering their skills and sound as a band. The band is so interested in trying new things and doing it their own way, that they even decided to create their own record label.
What I find interesting about Silversun Pickups is that bassist Nikki Monninger is actually a mother to twins. I love that she is able to continue her career as a musician while also being an active mother in her children’s lives. You hear all too often of women having to give up their dreams after becoming mother, and so the fact that she is continuing her dreams is enlightening. Furthermore, I have not seen any negative comments about this online which is also rare as people are often judgmental of things like this. It is quite inspiring, especially to me as I am hoping to have children of my own in the near future.
You can check out their video below. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of their rare sound!