Silversun Pickups – Pikul

ARTIST: Silversun Pickups 220px-Silversun_Pickups_-_Pikul-EP-
TITLE: Pikul
SINGLES: It was an EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They made videos for Kissing Families and Comeback Kid
LINEUP: Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Joe Leter, Christopher Guanlao
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut EP from the Silver Lake (a neighborhood of LA), California band sets the stage for their career, though it is a bit uneven.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Somewhat distorted guitars, high pitched vocals, female bass player, are they aping the Smashing Pumpkins? No, not really. The guitar sound is similar but the songwriting and songs are different.

This debut EP from Silversun Pickups shows how well-formed the bands sound and vision was already before walking into the studio. The lead two cuts (“Kissing Families” and “Comeback Kid”) are a bit retro-90’s with some modern flourishes, and that’s right where this band sweet spot is. The guitars sound familiar, yet the songs have a quiet, hushed tone at times thanks to Aubert’s vocals (a little shoegaze in there as well).

The band was together as this unit since 2002, which gave them time to work everything out and put their best foot forward as a group. Some songs, the slower ones, aren’t as essential and vital as the lead cuts, and one (“Creation Lake”) stops the record dead in its tracks. But it’s a good debut EP and their next album would show how vital of a group they are.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The title is pronounced “Pie-kull”. The CD version had a bunch of silent tracks from track six to the ‘hidden’ track.


GRADE: B+: Two great songs, the rest good except for one, and that one track knocks it down a peg. Harsh, but true.

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