Melodic Alternative Rock Band Silversun Pickups Live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Silversun Pickups
November 2, 2015

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (November 2, 2015) — The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall proudly announces that x102.9 will present melodic, alternative rock band Silversun Pickups on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Tickets for Silversun Pickups will go on sale this Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Silversun Pickups (featuring Brian Aubert on guitar and vocals, Nikki Monninger on bass, Joe Lester on keyboards and Christopher Guanlao on drums) is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the modern era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force. From the indie rock opening salvo of 2005’s Pikul EP to 2012’s far-reaching Neck of the Woods, each successive release has seen the Silverlake, California-based band boldly venture into uncharted terrain, bravely pushing their imagination and ability towards new and surprising summits.
Silversun Pickups’ first new album in more than three years, Better Nature sees the band partnering once again with producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles), with whom they so successfully collaborated on 2012’s visionary Neck of the Woods. Songs like “Friendly Fires” and “Cradle (Better Nature)” were created and crafted in Lee’s Topanga studio, the band building out organically from Aubert’s spare songwriting demos. The result is fluid and freewheeling, “oozy,” in Aubert’s words, with heavily cranked guitars, propulsive rhythms, and seemingly infinite textures. GRAMMY award-winning mix engineer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Royal Blood) brings maximum sonic power to the proceedings, but at the album’s beating heart is Silversun Pickups’ remarkably intuitive interplay, as ever providing panoramic musical counterpoint to Aubert’s incisive, increasingly self-exploratory lyricism. Richer, warmer, and more evocative than anything in their prior canon, Better Nature is Silversun Pickups’ most human music thus far. Better Nature also marks the debut release from Silversun Pickups’ own New Machine Recordings. The label – which takes its name from the Pikul favorite, “…All The Go Inbetweens” – allows the ever-autonomous band to fully determine its own course without any interference from on high. Aubert began writing new songs upon Silversun Pickups’ return to California after nearly two years on the road. He prepared for the new album by recording a series of extremely stripped down demos with keyboardist Joe Lester in the band’s rehearsal room, mostly wordless, others just hints of melody and sound. Silversun Pickups took those “raw bones” and “used the studio to be creative,” Aubert says, “to be improvisational. To not be too locked down.” With only the barest hint of a blueprint, the band relied on their already in-sync interactivity in order to create something fully attributable to all members.
Better Nature is indeed Silversun Pickups at their most supple; “Pins and Needles” is all loping riff and kinetic beats while “Friendly Fires” slow jams as much as it slow burns. Co-written and sung by Monninger, “Circadian Rhythms (Let’s Dance)” is audaciously imagined modern pop, “the kind of song we would have tried to steer away from in the past,” Aubert says. A number of roads are first taken on Better Nature, the band allowing themselves to tackle tunes that once would have been anathema to the Silversun aesthetic. “Nightlight,” the album’s incandescent first single, is lifted aloft by a sing-along chorus unprecedented in the band’s undoubtedly hook-heavy canon. Harmonious and intimate, high-flying and deeply personal, Better Nature is a revelatory manifestation of a great band entirely in touch with the muse and each other. Silversun Pickups have once again managed the tricky task of being completely contemporary while also full on forward thinking, now as ever, existing more than a few steps ahead of the curve.
Tickets for Silversun Pickups will go on sale this Friday, November 6 at 10 a.m. and will be available for purchase at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Offices, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at (800) 745-3000.
SHOW: Silversun Pickups
DATE: Sunday, January 10, 2016
TIME: Doors 7:00p.m. / Show 8:00p.m. TICKET PRICE: $30.00 – Advance General Admission Standing Room Only Tickets
$35. day of show