The band consists of Brian Aubert (vocals, guitar), Nikki Monninger (bass, vocals), Joe Lester (keyboards) and Christopher Guanlao (drums). The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends’ bands.
The Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) Songfacts explains that the name Silversun Pickups refers to a liquor store across the road L.A. rock-scene hang Silverlake Lounge. One of the band’s friends would often arrive at the store late at night to buy liquor, and would be as such making the “Silversun Pickup”. The band is signed to Dangerbird Records.
They released their debut EP “Pikul” in July of 2005. The band has released three albums, 2006’s “Carnavas”, 2009’s “Swoon” and 2012’s “Neck Of The Woods”. The band managed two Top 10 singles on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2007: “Lazy Eye” (#5) and “Well Thought Out Twinkles” (#9). In 2009, they managed their third top 10 on the chart, “Panic Switch” (#1) and a fourth song “Substitution” was also on that chart (#23). Silversun Pickups have been compared to The Smashing Pumpkins (possibly due in part to Brian Aubert’s vocal style) and 90’s shoegazing bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, Ride, and Slowdive. Silversun Pickups claim they have been heavily influenced by Modest Mouse and The Velvet Underground as well as other lesser-known acts.