You know you’ve made it when you release a greatest hits album, and it’s no surprise that Silversun Pickups has finally released one. They’ve literally been making music for over a decade and continue to wow us with their uniquely distorted sound, witty wordplay and harmonious, attention-grabbing vocals from lead singer Brian Aubert and bassist Nikki Monninger.
The Singles Collection lists its tracks in chronological order of when they were released. While greatest hits albums tend to be randomly formatted (how I usually prefer them to be as well), it was nice to see how far they’ve come since their Pikul EP. While each track is different and awesome in its own way, it’s easy for any fan to see (or in this case, listen) to the growth that has occurred since its ’90s-grunge-meets-today’s-indie starting track, “Kissing Families”. This album flows so freakin’ perfectly that it literally makes the listener feel like they’re on a musical journey as they grow as musicians.
On the night The Singles Collection was released, Aubert and Monninger took the time to set up an awesome acoustic show at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, CA. They sang about half the album to a packed out store (literally felt like a sauna in there from all the body heat) of many different types of fans. They proved that they can appeal to a broad range of age and personalities, which is a good trait to have in the music world, and showed that even the youngest of fans can still be loyal enough to know all of the lyrics to some of their older songs. All of the charisma that comes through the recorded tracks definitely transcend into their live performances because they not only got their crowd headbanging but they succeeded in making the tracks sound as if there was a full band when there were really only two people.
There’s no doubt that Silversun Pickups has a special gift that not a whole lot of bands can pull off, let alone pull it off for as long as they have. From their earlier classics like “Lazy Eye” and “Panic Switch” to their newer hits like “The Pit” and “Cannibal”, something tells me that this is a band that will stick around for many years to come and continue to deliver music that will keep us wanting more. Thank the music gods for Silversun Pickups.