Silversun Pickups: Carnavas

Silversun Pickups
Carnavas
(Dangerbird)

If you’ve felt a hole in your heart in the last decade or so for the grungy rock of the early-to-mid ’90s, the kind crafted and perfected by bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, prepare to not only fill it, but fall in love with it all over again as the Silversun Pickups do just that, pick up, where Corgan and his fellow cohorts left off. Released in late July of this year, Carnavas is not only a solid follow-up to their debut album Pikul, but proof that the Silversun Pickups are not just a flash-in-the-pan attempt to breathe life into a musical genre that most thought had kicked the proverbial bucket long ago. While other bands of late have taken the seemingly easy emo or indie route to commercial success, Silversun Pickups have slowly worked their way into the mainstream consciousness by sticking to the tried and true basics: raw, guitar-driven rock coupled with rough around the edges vocals that punctuate lingering and gutsy instrumentals. The Pickups aren’t afraid to drop a loud, albeit intelligent, guitar solo into the middle of a song instead of filling time with cut and paste lyrics like so many newer bands seem apt to do. An excellent example of this would be the single “Lazy Eye,” which consists of quick, smart lyrics at the beginning of the song, followed by a massive and captivating guitar solo that some might liken to numbers by bands such as Placebo or The Red Hot Valentines, only much louder and definitely gutsier. The Silversun Pickups are a gritty, real band with undeniable talent and serious balls, and if you don’t already own this album, get yourself to the nearest record store and, no pun intended this time, pick it up. The Pickups might not end up single-handedly reviving grunge, but their work so far shows enough promise and potential that you can’t help but wonder if perhaps they’ll last even longer than the movement that inspired them did.