LIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE | JULY 16

15 Jul 2020

Join Brian this Thursday (tomorrow) at 2pm PT/5pm ET for a live acoustic performance celebrating the release of our new single “Toy Soldiers.” He will be playing the new song along with some other SSPU faves!

You can stream the show via Silversun Pickups’ Twitch, YouTube, Twitter & Facebook.

“Toy Soldiers” is out now! Stream everywhere & watch the official video HERE!

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Music Diaries At Home: Silversun Pickups

14 Jul 2020

Music Diaries with Amrit Singh did a follow-up “At Home” episode with us in quarantine, which you can watch HERE. It features an in-depth interview with the whole band and a live performance of “Bag Of Bones.”

You can watch our first episode on Music Diaries HERE.

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“Toy Soldiers” Out Now! 

8 Jul 2020

Our latest single “Toy Soldiers” is out now! You can listen to our version of the song & watch the official video HERE. We also have “Toy Soldiers” available on limited 7” vinyl through the official SSPU Shop HERE.

Note from Brian:

We were performing a cover of a song from The Lost Boys soundtrack for a for SiriusXM special and that got us thinking about songs from the ‘80s that we loved growing up, that had a big radio moment and was part of our cultural DNA. A song that you know right away when you hear it. We thought of “Toy Soldiers” as a great example of this and decided we should try and record it.

It’s a song that so many people are familiar with, and it was so important to not mess with the tonic of it. Vocally- this song is carried completely on the melodies, so we made that our anchor. We wanted to make sure it had all the same vocals, melodies and background melodies. The way the vocals are layered – that can’t be moved – that was a must. Vocally- this thing is carried completely on the melodies. We knew that was our anchor. We decided to strike the kid vocals, and this opened up a great space for Nikki.

There’s something about this song that hits me emotionally – this song has always hit me that way. At first, it wasn’t about the lyrics, but the feel of it. To be honest, I was not initially aware what the song was about, but listening to the lyrics, it was clearly about addiction. Someone else’s addiction. It’s pretty painful and very personal. You realize it doesn’t matter what the shell is, what the production is, what the era is…this is obviously a very personal story that at first I wasn’t sure we could touch. We ended up framing it into our own world and we think it works.

The song took a while to wrap our head around once we started recording it with Butch Vig, who clearly knows our history. I don’t think I’ve ever sung this intimately before. This version doesn’t feel bombastic and over the top, it’s crackling and tiny at times. Butch really helped with this. At one point, we thought it was done, but Butch wanted a more complex bridge, and this is where we threw in a curve ball, some weird things, inspired by Johnny Greenwood. The guitar solo during it was very important to me, and we quickly realized that the solo worked during that time period, but not when we did it. We put our weird stamp on it and it really came together. Ultimately, it’s going to feel heightened because it wasn’t our song – that was really fun to conquer.

We recorded this back in January and didn’t know where it would land, but now with this world the way it is, we felt it was a good time to release the song. We just wanted to shine a spotlight on Martika and this song.

?: Claire Marie Vogel & Aaron Hymes.

 

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Giraffe Masks & Bandanas to Support Our Crew

8 Jul 2020

Covid-19 has put a heavy financial burden on so many people, including our incredibly loyal crew members, who work so hard to make our shows come to life for our fans. We released the below giraffe masks and bandanas, with 100% of the net proceeds from July sales going directly to our amazing & beloved crew. Both are available HERE.

Thanks for the love & support!

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TOUR CANCELED, HELP #SAVEOURSTAGES

6 Jul 2020

It’s with a heavy heart that today we announce the cancellation of our remaining 2020 tour dates. Your health as well as that of our crew and venue staff is our top priority, and we hope to see you all as soon as we are able. Refunds for all shows will be available at point of purchase. Please stay safe and look after one another.

There is so much music and culture on the line because of the COVID-19 crisis. As artists and fans of live music, we’re afraid of the possibility of losing some of our favorite independent clubs and venues. Please consider supporting the National Independent Venue Association, a group of over 1,600 independent venues and promoters in all 50 states.

We signed a letter that went to congress this past May, and you can help too by heading to SaveOurStages.com. #SaveOurStages

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NEW MUSIC JULY 8TH & 7” VINYL PRE-ORDER

1 Jul 2020

Hi everyone! We’re excited to share that we have new music coming for you on July 8th!

You can pre-save/pre-add HERE to have it appear in your Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer libraries. To make it extra fun, we’re also launching a limited, 7” vinyl pre-order, with 250 copies randomly selected and signed! Grab yours HERE.

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SSPU PERFORMING ON FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE

1 Jul 2020

Tonight we’ll be performing “Don’t Know Yet” on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which airs on TBS at 10:30pm ET/9:30pm CT. Check your local listings HERE.

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