MUSIC NEWS- The Silversun Pickups (lead vocals/guitar Brian Aubert, drums/percussion Christopher Guanlao, bassist/vocals Nikki Monninger and sounds/keyboards Joe Lester) will be heading back on the road for a fall headlining tour in support of their latest record Neck of the Woods. After several festival dates, the band will tour from the Malkin Bowl in Vancouver on September 4th to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL on September 21st. Throughout the tour, they will be supported by School of Seven Bells and Atlas Genius.
Neck of the Woods was produced by the Grammy Award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol). The Los Angeles Times praised Neck of the Woods, awarding it three out of four stars, noting "its allusions all nod to the best stuff from a time when rock acts could be experimental, heavy and platinum-selling at once."
Lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert told Spin magazine that the songs sound "like a horror movie." He continued, "[2009's] Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time, whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am." When discussing the sound of the Dangerbirds Records released Neck of the Woods, Aubert says that drummer Christopher Guanlao steals the show. "We really wanted to play with drums as textures. We played around with drums coming in here and there and
building atmosphere, which guitars usually do." But he went on to joke, "I'm not going to let the others have all the fun. It's still a rock record. We wanted to have moments of explosions like we've done in the past, but we didn't want them to carry the whole song. There's something a little bit psychotic sounding that we really like and we didn't want to fill it entirely with big guitars."
Silversun Pickups 2012 Tour Itinerary-
8/8 - Berkley Riverfront Park - Kansas City, MO
9/1 - Xfest - Calgary, AB
9/2 - Sonic Boom - Edmonton, AB
9/4 - Malkin Bowl - Vancouver, BC %
9/6 - Marymoor Amphitheater - Redmond, WA %
9/7 - Cuthbert Amphitheater - Eugene, OR %
9/9 - Pioneer Courthouse Square - Portland, OR %
9/10 - Mondavi Center - Davis, CA %
9/12 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA %
9/13 - Santa Monica Civic Auditorium - Santa Monica, CA %
9/16 - Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO ^
9/17 - Sumtur Amphitheatre - Papilion, NE %
9/18 - Hoyt Sherman Place - Des Moines, IA %
9/20 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN %
9/21 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL %
10/26-28 - Voodoo Music Experience - New Orleans, LA
% - w/ School of Seven Bells, Atlas Genius
^ - w/ 3OH!3, The Hives, The Wombats