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Silversun Pickups releases new single, preps box set

January 03, 2014|By August Brown
  • The Silversun Pickups, shown at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
The Silversun Pickups, shown at the 2012 Grammy Awards. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

Those who remember Silversun Pickups as a scrappy indie act plying its trade across Silver Lake dives might want to clear some space on their record shelf. The quartet is prepping a quintessential mid-career-rock-titan release: a box set of all its decade's worth of singles.

"The Singles Collection" will feature six 7-inch records with 12 of the band's formal singles (or just 11 if you opt for the digital version). The collection spans selections from the debut EP, 2005's local favorite "Pikul," up through its three full-length LP's, including 2012's "Neck of the Woods."

The final slab of wax will include two unreleased tracks -- a "Swoon" era B-side "Devil's Cup" and a brand new track, "Cannibal," that the band is streaming on its site (listen below).

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"Cannibal" is a little more electronic than most of the band's catalog of sinewy shoegaze. It recalls the blippy, broken noise-funk of Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project, but with plenty of bombed-out bass guitar and Brian Aubert's raspy, desperate wails.

The vinyl set will be available Feb. 25 on the band's longtime label, the L.A. indie Dangerbird. In the meantime, it's a fine occasion to go dig up your CD copy of "Pikul" and recall the killing you'd have made if you'd have put Silversun Pickups at the top of your next-international-platinum-act-from-L.A. rock band betting pool back then.


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