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24 Sep 2020
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We want to help get people engaged and to the polls this November 3rd, which is why we partnered with Pledge 46! Pledge 46 now HERE and keep taking action for a chance to win a virtual meet-and-greet with us and one of our limited signed “Toy Soldiers” 7” vinyl.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hi everyone! Over the next few Tuesdays, we’re going share a number of “Soundcheck Sessions,” which includes songs that we play live from time-to-time. They should be a treat for some of you who haven’t seen these songs live, and a fun, behind-the-scenes replay for those who have seen the songs during soundcheck or at one of our shows.
They were recorded live during our soundcheck at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. We’re looking forward to sharing these with you, and we hope they bring some positivity to your quarantine!
We will be releasing these Soundcheck Sessions in full on our IGTV and our YouTube. You can set reminders below to watch on YouTube or keep an eye out on Instagram!
UPCOMING SOUNDCHECK SESSIONS:
Songbirds – Tuesday, May 12 at 5pm ET / 3pm PT
Substitution – Tuesday, May 19 at 5pm ET / 3pm PT
Friendly Fires – Tuesday, May 26 at 5pm ET / 3pm PT
Silversun Pickups is re-airing the livestream from their March 6th show in Brooklyn on Friday, April 10 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT with LiveXLive to benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Watch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and LiveXLive.
Please donate what you can to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund HERE.
To thank all of you for your support, especially those we couldn’t see due to the tour postponement, starting at Friday’s rebroadcast of our Brooklyn show and continuing through April 19, our 2020 tour shirts and lithographs will be on sale for $15 and $10, respectively. We are also extending free shipping on all U.S. orders over $75. You can head to our official shop HERE.
These items commemorate this point in time, and we wanted to make them available to you. We hope this helps brighten your time at home and that you and your families stay safe and healthy! Enjoy the show!
MARCH 13 UPDATE: Due to the current concerns, we’re going to have to postpone our show tonight in Knoxville. We’re hoping to have a rescheduled date soon. Tickets for tonight’s show will be honored at the rescheduled show, but if you are not able to make that, refunds will be available at point of purchase. Thank you for understanding, and we hope to see you all very soon.
MARCH 12 UPDATE:
Due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, we will be postponing all shows following our Knoxville performance tomorrow. We care deeply for the safety of our fans and we hope to see you all very soon.
Please hold on to your tickets as they will be honored at the rescheduled shows, which we hope to announce soon. If you are not able to, all refunds will be available at point of purchase.
We’re thrilled to announce our second SSPU Merch Collaboration Series with artist Mel Kadel. We will be carrying all of Mel Kadel’s merch designs (pictured below) on the road and online starting March 1st, with a portion of the proceeds going to ACLU. You can grab the tees the merch booth during our March tour (view all dates HERE) or online HERE.
Christopher’s Note on Mel Kadel:
We all met Mel Kadel probably around 1999. It was the heyday of the Silver Lake music/art scene. There was such a strong community of artists who all pushed and inspired each other in not only artistic ways, but in our everyday lives. We supported each other’s art shows and gigs around town. We partied hard and had tons of BBQs and celebrated birthdays and holidays together. It was a collection of groups coming together to create a formidable artistic community. We all thrived in it. It was a really magical time in our lives…
Now over twenty years later, it’s such a joy to see what an amazing artistic force Mel has become, keeping a part of that time in our lives alive and well. When we were thinking up the idea of an Artist Collaboration Series, Mel was the first person I approached. Having used her work on our very first record, Pikul EP, it was a no brainer that she should be a part of this. Whenever we play “Kissing Families,” it’s hard not to envision Mel’s artwork on Pikul – the two girls swinging, trying to reach each other’s hands. To me, the song and that artwork are one in the same. It felt like this series almost wouldn’t work without her being involved. Her style is so unique and quickly noticeable – you see the artwork, and you know it’s Mel. We are so lucky and honored that she made these limited edition merch designs for us. It harkens back to our roots together, but also a reminder of how far we’ve all come on this artistic journey and the excitement for what the future holds.
Mel Kadel’s Design Inspiration:
I met SSPU around the time they were playing their first shows. It was about 20 years ago and I had just moved to LA. That time and place for me, is still hard to put into words. There were different groups of friends that circled around and formed an entire community of creativity and support. The artists did the flyers for the bands, the bands played the art shows, the photographers took the band pics, the t-shirts were printed in the garages, and the bbq was always lit. If I could revisit any time in my life, this would be the one.
It’s been 15 years since SSPU released their first EP ‘Pikul’, which had my art on the cover. Coming back together to work on these t-shirts for them, reminds me of those years that really bolstered all of our futures. I made these images simply thinking of how their music has always felt to me: A large driving electric sound, with a gentleness. Loud and quiet, fast and slow, felt at the same time.
We’re so excited for these collaborations, and will have more soon!
Silversun Pickups are excited to announce an in-store performance in at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville, TN on March 15, which will include an acoustic performance by Brian and Nikki and a meet-and-greet/signing. Free admission and all ages.
The band will also be headlining at Marathon Music Works later that night. Tickets available HERE.
Grimey’s in Nashville, TN
Sunday, March 15 at 1pm CT [MORE INFO]
Silversun Pickups are excited to announce an in-store performance at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX on February 19, which will include an acoustic performance by Brian and Nikki and a meet-and-greet/signing. Free admission and all ages.
The band will also be headlining at Stubb’s BBQ later that night. Tickets available HERE.
Waterloo Records in Austin, TX
Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30pm CT [MORE INFO]