Sunday, June 2, 2013

If Only There was a Band More Emo than Billy Corgan...

Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods
2012. Dangerbird Records
produced by Jacknife Lee

Brian Aubert - guitar, vocals
Nikki Monninger - bass, vocals
Joe Lester - keyboards
Christopher Guanlao - drums

  • Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
  • The Pit
  • Here We Are (Chancer)
I like this band.  Pitchfork, of course, gave this album a bad review.  But, in true Pitchfork fashion, the reviewer comes off as just another music snob, hipster douche who only gave the album one, half-ass listen.  Not every album can be In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, or Jeff Buckley's Grace.  Get over yourself.

This album is their third release.  I discovered the band after hearing their single Lazy Eye somewhere, and thinking, "wow, that chick can sing", and then realizing that it was a dude the whole time.  They have a sound very reminiscent of Billy Corgan when he's being depressed.  The similarities don't stop there, either.  They also have a female bass player.  If you enjoyed the Smashing Pumpkin's "shoegazing" melancoly sound made famous by songs like 1979 and Disarm, the Silversun Pickups fully explore their own airy, eerily creepy desperateness on this album.  

While Bloody Mary is a good track, and definitely a good choice for a single, the band missed an opportunity to showcase Mean Spirits as a single.  It is by far the best track on the album, and I recommend giving it a listen, or two.  

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