Silversun Pickups at their album release party for the upcoming Neck of the Woods. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
A crowd of radio station winners, industry types and friends of the band cheered on Silversun Pickups at Red Bull Sound Space Tuesday night for a private gig celebrating the release of the band's new LP, Neck of The Woods. The late-morning performance proved to be "not very rock and roll," as frontman Brian Aubert joked. "We had a little party last night so we're gonna play the songs really slow this morning. We're gonna do three songs in seven hours."
The band addressed questions from the crowd, touching on recording the new album in Aubert's hometown of Topanga Canyon at the home studio of producer Garret "Jacknife" Lee ( U2, R.E.M., Weezer). Aubert cited the Beastie Boys as one of his favorite bands, expressing his sadness over the death of MCA. "It's horrible and it affects everybody because the Beastie Boys are mighty and it's sad that something can take them down."
Frontman Brian Aubert. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
For their set, which was streamed live on KROQ.com, the group performed three songs from the new album -- "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)," "The Pit," and "Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)" -- along with their older singles "Panic Switch," and "Lazy Eye."
The station's online content producer, Cody Black revealed that the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ is something they've been drumming up for some time. "We've always had high hopes of building a stage here. We kicked everything off with Coldplay last year and they are the biggest touring band in the world so it's come to life a lot more than expected and been a really good time." Black said that once plans were made for the construction of Red Bull Sound Space, KROQ events director, Chuck Adobe sent the street team out in search of old stereo equipment to serve as the backdrop of the stage. The space holds 360 people and is almost, according to Black, the size equivalent of the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles.
Brian Aubert; Chris Guanlao; Silversun Pickups Tour Manager, Eric Morgan; Joe Lester (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Director of rock content, " Lightning" aka Jay Tilles, explained that his next priority is Southern California rock festival Epicenter 2012. "We're are in partnership with Right Arm Entertainment on that. They put it together and we promote it." He would not reveal who upcoming performers on the program will be.
Warren Christensen from Q-Prime, the band's management, said he couldn't be happier about the new album's reception. "I'm stoked because the record came out today and it's number one on iTunes, against Carrie Underwood, which probably isn't going to hold for long but it's nice at the moment" [ Ed. Note: the album is projected to debut at No. 3 next week on the Billboard 200 ] Christensen said the band will be doing a few spot dates this summer but the "real tour" will start in the fall.
L to R: Nikki Monninger; Brian Aubert, KROQ DJ Stryker; Chris Guanlao; Joe Lester; Silversun Pickups Manager, Warren Christensen, with Q Prime (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
Following the gig, Silversun Pickups and crew headed out to the set of Jimmy Kimmel where they later performed. Aubert said the band planned to check out Snow Patrol's show at the Palladium later that night. "They are gonna come to Kimmel and we are gonna go watch them. So we'll do a little switch-a-roo."
Silversun Pickups keyboardist Joe Lester performs at the KROQ show. (Photo: Catie Laffoon)
L to R: Chris Guanlao; Brian Aubert; Joe Lester; Lisa Worden KROQ Music Director; Nikki Monninger (Photo: Catie Laffoon)