Pikul EP





Have you ever been witness to one of those bands in your hometown that were on the verge of greatness? You know the feeling, watching them live, humming their songs when you left the show, feeling like you are in on a secret because the rest of the world doesn't know what they are missing. Then there is the waiting...waiting...waiting for that self released CD that was handmade. Well, take that and multiply it times 100 because that is exactly what I felt when I saw the Silversun Pickups almost three years ago in Los Angeles. The kids had it, right down from the cool vibe to the original noises that came from their instruments. I knew that there was something greater for them, and waited patiently for something to hold me over until the next show. Now, that wait is no more. Los Angeles' Dangerbird Records has picked up the four-piece and are unleashing their debut EP, titled Pikul, on July 26 with a full-length to follow next year. The six-song (plus one secret track) EP is a great introduction to the band for those that are unfamiliar. Yes, they have toured with everyone from Secret Machines and Autolux to Earlimart and Midnight Movies, but to pigeonhole them into sounding like these bands would not do them justice. Granted Silversun Pickups have that lo-fi crunch that bands like Autolux possess, but what is important is that they manage to create their own sound and are full of originality. The band says it best on their Myspace profile, "We get loud, we get quiet, we get ugly, and we get pretty, that's what we sound like". Silversun Pickups deliver their songs with great intensity, pure ease, and with raw emotion. Singer Brian Aubert's voice teeters with being on the verge of the harmony styling of Brian Molko, but at the same time can be just as loud and angry as Frank Black on a bad day. "Kissing Families" kicks off the album in an energetic way and nicely blends into the electronic "Comeback Kid". The swirling guitars and beat driven drums in "The Fuzz" are enough to get any hipster nodding their head in approval. "Booksmart Devil" and "Creation Lake" feature the down tempo treats that SSPU (as the kiddies call them) are so good at creating, and "All The Go Inbetweens" is the perfect way to finish off the debut EP. Be sure listen to the secret track, "Sci Fi Lullaby", a dreamy space rock song that is sure to please. These guys (and girl) have plenty more up their sleeves for 2006 and beyond. Apparently the old saying is true in Silversun Pickups' case; good things come to those who wait.

Silversun Pickups
Dangerbird Records

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Pikul EP