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Silversun Pickups: Nighlight

It’s no secret that Silversun Pickups score the soundtrack for the cacophony and quiet of the urban environment. Their songs curl like a sleeping dragon around the foothills, soar between the skyscrapers, and slouch in the shadows of forbidden offramps and skid row. Now, three years after their second record, Silversun Pickups are currently in Topanga, CA, working on their highly anticipated new record, Neck of the Woods, with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol). The record will be released on May 8, 2012 on the band’s longtime home, Dangerbird Records. Silversun Pickups 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.

Silversun Pickups: Nighlight

Silversun Pickups came of age in Los Angeles’ multicultural, bohemian enclave, Silver Lake, where the members learned to overcome their fears through playing in the organic network of clubs and bars that birthed Beck and Elliott Smith. “When we were starting out, we were too shy to turn up the volume. Now we’re not afraid to get loud,” Aubert says. “I used to be nervous to go to the mic, now I swallow it.” As Carnavas snowballed into an avalanche of critical praise, landed them on the Billboard charts and gained recognition from nose-turning indie rockers and mainstream pop lovers alike, frontman Aubert slowly realized that Silversun Pickups’ musical landscape was changing too. “We were landing on charts in countries I’d never been too, like Chile and all over South America. Things were changing fast.” After two-plus years of touring, the band returned home to a different place than they had left. “It was a dark time when we got back. We had to water the relationships that we had neglected over those two years, and I think this darkness came out on our second record,” Aubert says.

Silversun Pickups: Nighlight (Official Video)

Silversun Pickups: Nighlight Lyrics:
When the wind, behind our eyes swell
Starring down all, who generalize well
A chemical change of the spirit
Will be the exchange for our visit

Putting more makeup on the masks that we wear
Turning our nightlights on in the daytime to scare

If we say that (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out
If it’s a game, well? (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out

If we enter, through the front door
With the keys we stole the night before
Now we have right to be the masters
Of the tangles of disaster

Ladies and gentlemen its time to unveil
If this is the moment now to ask “do we dare?”

If we say that (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out
If it’s a game, well? (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out
If we survive this (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out
So delegate it! (WE WANT IT)
We only want it with the lights out

Turning our nightlights on in the daytime to scare
If this is the moment now to ask “do we dare?”

If we say that (WE WANT IT), If we say that (WE WANT IT)
If we say that (WE WANT IT), If we say that (WE WANT IT, WE WANT IT)

If we say that (WE WANT IT) If it’s a game, well? (WE WANT IT)
If we survive this (WE WANT IT). We only want it with the lights out
If we say that (WE WANT IT). We only want it with the lights out
If it’s a game, well?(WE WANT IT). We only want it with the lights out
If we survive this (WE WANT IT). We only want it with the lights out
So delegate it! (WE WANT IT). We only want it with the lights out.

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