Sunday, 14 October 2007

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas (2006)

With their thickly layered guitar and tight rhythm's the Silversun Pickups are a band that instantly catches your attention but the question is whether they can keep hold of it.
A four-piece hailing from California they got their most early gigs in all the famous L.A. clubs and began to get attention from there. With vocals from bassist, Nikki Monniger, and more often, guitarist, Brian Aubert, the psychedelic melodies are complemented by crashing drums and clever keyboard work, that often involves looping the single guitar to create a layered affect. In my opinion they are one of the best new live bands around, after their set at Leeds absolutely blew me away so aside from checking out this album...try and catch them in a venue near you.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the album. Firstly you will be struck by the riffs and drumming, especially on second track "Well Thought Out Twinkles" but if you listen deeper and further in, then you will start to notice everything that makes this band. The dual, harmonized vocals on "Little Lovers So Polite" collide beautifully with the hypnotic drumming and heavy riff. Haunting synth adds to the ever increasing number of pluses and be sure to check out the awesome bass and drums on "Waste It On".
So, while not a classic, this album shows that Silversun Pickups are a band to keep tabs on and here, they have a really good debut. Definitely recommended for those who are growing ever tired of the jangly Brit-pop that is flavour of the month.



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