The Sun Is Starting To Rise
To many Los Angelenos, Silversun Pickups have been around the block and back, honing their skills in numerous regional venues. After a well-received EP, the band continues their trek through experimental rock with Carnavas, an album more likely to be embraced by bearded hipster youth than by classic rock fans. With a distinctive voice not heard since Smashing Pumpkinsâ€šÃ„Ã´ Billy Corgan, Brian Aubert leads the listener through a dark and sometimes fantastical journey. â€šÃ„ÃºMelatonin,â€šÃ„Ã¹ arguably the most upbeat and mainstream song in the album, contains lyrics like â€šÃ„ÃºAfter six milligrams weâ€šÃ„Ã´re talking again / so sweet and so low who would knowâ€šÃ„Ã¹ which highlight the layer of dejection prominent throughout Carnavas. â€šÃ„ÃºWell Thought Out Twinklesâ€šÃ„Ã¹ immediately follows, powered by the grumbling bass guitar of Nikki Monninger. The only female in the band, Monninger pushes that most remote instrument to the foreground making it a key element of the Silversun Pickups sound.
Each member and instrument helps create the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s forceful metal melodies. Joseph Lester trickles mood-setting notes throughout the beastly hardcore drumming of Christopher Guanlao and Aubertâ€šÃ„Ã´s fuzzy guitar echoes. Every song seems to fade away by transforming itself from music to static. â€šÃ„ÃºCommon Reactorâ€šÃ„Ã¹ concludes Carnavas as an engine might grind to a halt, like going through musical detox from all the sonic amphetamine taken in when playing the album.
Silversun Pickups are still developing as artists; witness Monningerâ€šÃ„Ã´s quietly nervous background vocals and Aubertâ€šÃ„Ã´s often-simplistic lyrics. Yet with catchy head-banging anthems like â€šÃ„ÃºLazy Eyeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and the dangerously sexy â€šÃ„ÃºRusted Wheel,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Carnavas embodies a carnival ride of treacherous fun.