Silversun Pickups – Swoon (2009) Dangerbird Records, by Ferg

Posted: July 21, 2009 by Ferg in Album Reviews
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This was my first foray into both album reviews and Silversun Pickups. If this is the ‘difficult’ second album, I sense I have much to look forward to with the first album. The initial influence seems to be the Goo Goo Dolls, which is obviously brilliant (but often only for more elitist rock fans, which is a shame. They didn’t just do Iris y’know…) and Coheed and Cambria, which is a shame, because the album has much more depth than that, as does lead singer Brian Aubert’s voice, especially on ‘The Royal We.’  SP’s leading single from this album is ‘Panic Switch’, a fantastic choice and one of my favourites on the album – Monninger’s basslines throughout the album are the driving force of the album, which can’t often be said of bassists. Don’t watch the video though, it’s got pretentiousness cut into itself, it’s probably supposed to have a deep meaning but it looks like a 14 year old playing with the effects on his Mac Book for the first time. Shame. More effort in the video would open the band up to a wider audience – they ably cross the difficult boundry of indie, emo and rock with an album to please. Overall, this is a fine mix of mellow tracks and undertones blended brilliantly with an edgier sound often found more on records by some of the older grunge groops like Pearl Jam or Nirvana. A true homage to the rock genre – good, solid rock n roll. Not a show stopper by any means but it will definitely see some heavy rotation on the mp3 aspect of my phone. Think of them as if Seether had cheered up.


PS. Their Wiki page suggests they were influenced by the Velvet Underground. I’m starting to get the impression Velvet Underground were wholly misunderstood, they’ve influenced some truly diabolical bands over the years…


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