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Silversun Pickups is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the post-millennial era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force. From the indie rock opening salvo of 2005’s “PIKUL” EP to 2012’s visionary “NECK OF THE WOODS,” each successive release has seen the Silverlake, California-based band ... Read more in Amazon's Silversun Pickups Store

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  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dangerbird
  • ASIN: B0009WFEF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Creation Lake
6. ...All The Go Inbetweens

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If you like good music, buy it!
Ryan B. Streeter
The first track "Kissing Families" is probably one of the greatest songs ever recorded.
Ron Miller
Full of great songs, and some cool surprises!!!
Daniel Mantey

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Before their debut album, the Silversun Pickups debuted their retrogrunge sound in the "Pikul" EP. Basically this EP does what it's supposed to do -- shows off their style, presents a bunch of excellent songs, and introduces listeners to the Angeleno rockers' grimy, creative rock'n'roll.

It kicks off with one of their poppier songs, "Kissing Families," which blossoms out into a delicious rock song. "It's no wonder that we did it this way/Kept looking forward on paths sideways/It's everything that's connected and beautiful/And now I know just where I stand."

Things speed up even more with the ominous, fast-moving "Comeback Kid," which sounds like a budding hard-rocker. But then they try out some other sounds, not just the hard rock -- a song ruled by lots of clashing cymbals, slow-moving guitar ballads, and some ominous Radioheadish atmosphere over solid riffs and drums.

Basically, don't expect it to sound just like their full-length debut, "Carnavas." "Pikul" is softer and more atmospheric, but still with the hard-rock sound that they're known for. It's not as confident and hard, but there's still plenty of talent and range here.

They have a lot of mingled electric and acoustic guitar, with some drums that can smash or gently rat-a-tat. And there's lots of hard buzzing bass that builds up to grinding walls-o'-sound, and some thick mats of foggy keyboard, which gives a slightly psychedelic flair to their catchy, rawboned melodies.

Brian Aubert often gets compared to Billy Corgan, probably because (like Corgan) he has a rather high voice and some very bittersweetly evocative lyrics.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By hgdf on July 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The most amazing band that you've never heard of. The quality of the songwriting is far beyond most of the crap that's popular these days. The sound is slightly reminiscent of Early Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead, yet still distinctive and unique. I've seen SSPU several times live in concert, and if you liked the studio recordings, the live show will truly blow you away.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mark wallen on August 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's only fair that I rate both Silversun Pickups' releases after my slam of Carnavas; so back to this product. This is an excellent CD! I don't consider it an EP because I listen to every track each time through. I must admit that most of my quality listening time is done moving at a pretty brisk clip through quality headphones through the park. If the tunes are boring, I won't tolerate it. I keep coming back to this release over and again. Not a bad note in it. Lots of passion and emotion and attention to the music. "All The go In Betweens" is my favorite; it is brilliant. I must say that I didn't pay much mind to the space ship noise that ends the song; I guess it was kept in it's place, not so pervasive as will come to pass on their second release. I recommend that everyone should own this one. Nice ride!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Anderson on January 30, 2009
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If you have heard "Lazy Eye", and if you've been listening to modern rock stations or playing Guitar Hero:World Tour then chances are you have, you know these guys have a distinctive sound. This album is better than 'Carnavas' but it's only drawback is that it is only an EP so there are only 6 tracks. These tracks are all good though and I definitely advise getting this album.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Yerrington on November 11, 2005
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A co-worker turned me on to this EP and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. This is a good band making some compelling music and they're avoiding the spotlight too (which I like). Some of the songs here are reminiscent of the 90's and they DO sound like The Pumpkins at times, but that is in no way a reason not to buy this disc. It is a very nice melodic and noisy offering and should be listened to often!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John C. Collins on September 27, 2005
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What happens when you mix Modest Mouse, The Pixies, and Drunken Boat in a big mixing bowl? You get Silversun Pickups. Each song is lyrically powerful which allows for a vast range of interpretations. This CD leaves you wanting more.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Selena on September 7, 2005
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This band is excellent. They remind me of "Garbage" a little bit. I love them and I love this CD. It has upbeat tunes and mellow ones. They have thought provoking lyrics. You should check them out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamin Varano on March 2, 2006
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There stuff is absolutely amazing-- multiple vocal parts, unusual guitar and key sounds, reinforcing bass, ...simply spectacular.

I first heard of this band on Windows Media Player's indie radio station. "Booksmart Devil" and I knew I had to know more about this band. I found there website and heard "Kissing Families" ...I was stunned. There were so many parts to the song, and yet it managed to stay orderly. Their sound is a very unique one, and there is a lot of emotion in the singing... you don't hear too much of that anymore.

The songs are to be more appreciated for the songwriting value rather than the actual playing. Nothing is impossibly hard to jam out on your guitar, but it is simply geniusly written. Although the lyrics are tough to make out, and there's not sleeve with the lyrics written out, you still catch key phrases that stick with you. The music, instrumentally, also carries emotion in it. I have no regrets buying this CD, and I would love to see these guys (and girl) do well.
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