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Silversun Pickups Talk ‘Neck of the Woods’, Pitchfork + More in Exclusive Interview

Sarah Negahdari, Brian Aubert
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Indie favorites Silversun Pickups rocked The Intersection in downtown Grand Rapids earlier this month (June 12), just days after performing at Metallica‘s Orion Music + More festival in Detroit. Frontman Brian Aubert sat down with us to discuss his band’s latest album, Neck of the Woods, snobby music critics, Korean soap operas and more.

Silversun Pickups released Neck of the Woods in April of 2012, their third studio release from Dangerbird Records. The record contains the signature layered sounds of SSPU while also allowing the group to expand artistically. Despite being out for over a year, Aubert says they still discover new things while performing tracks from Neck of the Woods live.

“We still sort of think of it as new, but maybe it’s because we’re still finding things when we play it,” the singer admits. “Little things that we really didn’t realize about the songs. We’re still having a little affair with it.”

While reception of Neck of the Woods has been mostly positive, not all music critics swooned (let’s see how many SSPU fans get that reference) over the disc. Indie blog heavyweight Pitchfork gave the album a less than stellar 4.8 out of 10. To Aubert’s credit, he takes no offense to the low rating and praises the website.

“I think Pitchfork’s great,” Aubert states. “Without Pitchfork, none of these bands would be reviewed. No matter what they really say, people are either for it or against it. They’ve never really given us good reviews, I don’t think they have. I imagine we had hope it’d stay the same [laughs].”

Check out the rest of the interview below. Bassist Sarah Negahdari, who’s been filling in for Nikki Monninger after giving birth to twins, makes an amusing cameo at 16:19.

Watch WGRD Interview With Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert

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