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Live Gig Video: Silversun Pickups practise ‘The Pit’ at Mates Rehearsal Space in Hollywood

 
By on Friday, 15th February 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Rolling Stone revealed this video yesterday of American rockers Silversun Pickups practising ‘The Pit’, a track from their 2012 album ‘Neck of the Woods’ on Dangerbird, at Mate’s nightclub in Hollywood. Watch it below.

 

Live Review: Muse with Silversun Pickups at Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA – 1 March 2010

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Set list and photos courtesy of Mary Chang, USA Editor and gigmate extraordinaire.

Somehow, after years of loving British music, neither member of the D.C. branch of TGTF had ever been to a Muse gig, so when they announced they were coming to the Patriot Center, we knew we had to go. Having miraculously managed to get two general admission floor tickets (it sold out within 2 hours of the tickets going on sale), we headed down to the venue nice and early and staked out a spot on the left side of the stage just one row back.

Stood in front of what looked like three skyscrapers, opener Silversun Pickups went on right on time and played a solid 45-minute set, including ‘Substitution’ and ‘Panic Switch’. They weren’t quite my style but they sounded good and they thoroughly entertained the crowd as they filed into the 10,000-seat arena. The best part of their set, for me, was lead singer and guitarist Brian Aubert’s quips between songs, like “this is our second show on this tour – the band, not you guys – you don’t remember last night? You were reeeaaalllly drunk.” Plus, they get bonus points for having a female bassist and being unfazed by such a huge crowd.

After a 45-minute break, during which Mary and I were treated to what I shall refer to as a “smoke machine facial,” the light’s dimmed to thunderous applause from the now-packed arena. In quite possibly the best gig opening I have ever witnessed (and I’ve been to a LOT of gigs), they dropped the building-looking cloths to reveal each of the 3 band members in the middle of their own massive column with video screens on all sides, at least 6 metres up from the stage. With that, they launched straight into ‘Uprising,’ whipping the crowd into a chanting, fist-pumping frenzy. Throughout the show, they raised and lowered the bottom half of these columns, allowing the band to either seem to float above the crowd or to walk around the massive oblong stage.

These video columns were the biggest part of the set, but every aspect of the setup was spectacular: there were spotlights, lasers, a piano with a see-through lid and a rotating drum kit (not to mention Matt’s bedazzled leather jacket and trousers). But the real highlight for me was during the amazing ‘Time is Running Out,’ when they released giant balloons into the crowd that looked like eyeballs. When the balloons popped, they showered the crowd with red confetti. It was so much fun trying to hit the balloons that I nearly knocked off Mary’s glasses in a fit of joy.

They played all the crowd favorites, like ‘Supermassive Black Hole,’ ‘Resistance’ and ‘Starlight,’ plus ‘Knights of Cydonia’ in the encore, and in every song Matt, Chris and Dom played insanely well while acting like it was nothing – they’re just that badass. Their playing on ‘New Born’ was particularly spectacular, and Matt Bellamy has a surprisingly versatile and powerful voice live. In one of my favorite moments, Matt brought out his keytar and strutted about the stage playing the incredibly sexy ‘Undisclosed Desires’ (however, Mary argues that ‘Plug in Baby’ is far sexier). And Muse’s show is undeniably sexy: it’s the result of what happens when you successfully straddle that fine line between confidence and arrogance. They are extravagant and over-the-top, but they don’t take themselves too seriously, and because of that, the show is so much fun for the audience. It’s impossible to come out of a show that fun and not be entirely smitten with the band, so if you have not seen Muse live yet, then by all means, GO!

After the cut: set list and more photos!

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Video of the Moment #140: Silversun Pickups

 
By on Monday, 21st September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwX2TnsTPE[/youtube]

Silversun Pickups – Substitute

More than a performance video? Check.
Hot Girls? Check.
Great song? Definitely check.

I forget how much I love these guys. Genius.

 

Live Review: Silversun Pickups – Oxford Academy 2 – Monday 6th July 2009

 
By on Tuesday, 7th July 2009 at 12:43 am
 

Silversun Pickups (side)I’m going to keep this short, as I’m no expert on the Silversun Pickups and their music. I caught them tonight at Oxford’s Academy 2, thinking they’d provide a nice 45 minutes or so of music. Instead, they provided an amazing soundscape for almost 100 minutes, merging material from their two albums with a decent sized bit of banter from Brian Aubert and co.

The material from their debut album, Carnavas got the biggest cheers of the night, however their new stuff manages to sound bigger and filled the hot and sweaty venue. Playing over their curfew, it was clear from the off that they were having fun and enjoying their time in the UK.

Support came from Animal Kingdom, who offered a blend of Editors / Athlete / Thirteen Senses stuff, all of which were capably delivered, but a bit bland. Possibly ones to watch once they’ve found their niche.

After the jump: pictures. Silversun Pickups’ UK tour finishes tomorrow night at London’s Heaven.
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Silversun Pickups

 
By on Friday, 25th May 2007 at 8:30 pm
 

It was interesting to see today that Silversun Pickups are releasing their debut album Carnavas on Monday here in the UK, a CD that I first picked up on about a year ago, and blogged about here.

This CD has now been picked up by the Guardian, who have given it a three out of five rating… quite similar to what I would have done.

Nice to know great minds think alike.

 
 
 

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