SILVERSUN PICKUPS’ NECK OF THE WOODS DEBUTS AT #6
ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
HIGHEST DEBUT IN THIS WEEK’S TOP 200
Dangerbird Records is excited to announce that the new album by the Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods, has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, with nearly 41,000 units sold. This marks the highest chart position in the band’s career. The lead single “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” (available for posting HERE) is currently #9 with a bullet on the Billboard Modern Rock chart and is top 10 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts. Neck of the Woods was produced by the Grammy Award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol).
USA Today gave Neck of the Woods three out of four stars calling the album “sharp,” and noting its “shades of electronica” and “muscular riffs,” while Paste heralded the band’s third studio record as “the best mainstream rock album of the year.” The Los Angeles Times likewise 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.” People gave the album four out of four stars, remarking “Silversun’s latest sparkles.”
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 Neck of the Woods, Aubert told Spin 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 (lead vocals/guitar Brian Aubert, drums/percussion Christopher Guanlao, bassist/vocals Nikki Monninger and sounds/keyboards Joe Lester) have sold over 1 million records worldwide. Their first EP, Pikul, was released in 2005. While it hinted at great things to come, no one was quite prepared for the explosion of the band’s debut LP, Carnavas. Released in 2006, the record peaked at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the #1 Alternative and Independent record for four consecutive weeks. The fantastic single, “Lazy Eye,” peaked at #4 at Modern Rock. In 2009, SSPU followed up with the equally powerful Swoon. That record debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and was in that chart for over 22 weeks on the strength of the #1 Modern Rock smash, “Panic Switch.” On November 25, 2011, they released the limited edition Seasick 10″ to support independent retail.
The band will be touring throughout 2012 and 2013, including summer festival dates, listed below.
5/28 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA
6/1 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
6/2 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
7/5 – Moose’s Tooth Pub – Anchorage, AK
7/14 – Edgefest – Toronto, ON
7/20 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE
8/8 – Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park – Kansas City, MO
9/1 – Xfest – Calgary, AB
9/2 – Sonic Boom – Edmonton, AB
More dates to be announced soon.