Neck Of The Woods CD (2012)

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Silversun Pickups do it again!

on 5/11/2012

I was extremely dissapointed when I listened to the album the first time. Then the second time around , I instantly fell in love. This album is more mellow than their past works, more reminiscence of Pikul, but the dynamics of each song is truly captivating. There wasn't instant favorites like from Carnavas or Swoon, but it doesn't have the inconsistency of either. It feels like a well-thought out album, :D. Bought it after hearing the third time.

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The third album from Los Angeles fuzz-rockers Silversun Pickups, Neck of the Woods (due May 8) started with a chance meeting when the band stumbled across Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Weezer) while recording guest vocals for a Snow Patrol track. But Pickups frontman Brian Aubert is quick to point out that pretty much everything about the album -- from producer to studio location right down to its found-photo album art -- has been serendipitous. "It's bizarre," the affable singer/guitarist tells SPIN, a day after hearing the record in full for the first time. "We can't take credit for any of it. It just accidentally happened."

For one example of a happy accident, Aubert was surprised to discover Lee's home studio was smack in the middle of the Topanga Canyon woods, minutes from where the singer grew up. "I hadn't been back in years," he recalls. "I thought it would be fun to walk down my old street. It was like playing with fire a little bit. So much came back that I had forgotten about and it was a really emotional experience. I just realized this place and the feelings I had are still ingrained in me."

Aubert says the songs sound "like a horror movie," all of them beginning to percolate while he was country-hopping and people-watching during a European vacation. "[2009's] Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time," he says, "whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am."


Label Dangerbird Records/Fontana
SKU 230056338
UPC 842803008322
UPC 14 00842803008322
Format CD
Release Date 5/8/2012
Author Silversun Pickups
Technical Info
Engineer Sam Bell
Producer Jacknife Lee
CatalogID DGB 083
Lable Name Dangerbird Records
Released 05/08/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 58s
UPC 00842803008322
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brian Aubert (vocals, guitar); Nikki Monninger (vocals); Jacknife Lee (keyboards, programming); Joe Lester (keyboards); Christopher Guanlao (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jacknife Lee.
Recording information: The Garage, Topanga Canyon.
Editor: Matt Bishop.
Photographer: Todd Hido.
Los Angeles-based dream pop/alt-rockers Silversun Pickups tapped Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M., Weezer) for their third studio album. Preceded by the shoegazey, slow-burning first single "Bloody Mary," Neck of the Woods is set for release in spring 2012.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Brian Aubert injects wispy drama, balancing moppy-haired brooding and bracing alt-rock moves."
Alternative Press (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "WOODS is much darker and more nuanced than anything else in the Pickups' catalog....[The album] feels complete -- and essential."
Billboard (p.48) - "The album's peak comes near the end, where the band treats 'Gun-Shy Sunshine' with a perfect balance of tension and sonic space."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.53) - "[A] technically masterful record replete with multilayered flourishes from frontman and guitarist Brian Aubert."
Disc 1
1 Skin Graph
2 Make Believe
3 Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
4 Busy Bees
5 Here We Are (Chancer)
6 Mean Spirits
7 Simmer
8 Pit, The
9 Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)
10 Gun-Shy Sunshine
11 Out of Breath
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Artist Silversun Pickups
Music Format Compact Disc

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