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Silversun Pickups @ The Crocodile Café- Seattle, WA October 27th 2006 (concert review)

I was anticipating that this would be a really fun show to see and probably the last time The Silversun Pickups would play at a venue of this size. But what I didn’t know is that the show had been sold out for weeks and there were people desperately trying to get tickets. One by one they would approach the doormen and tell their sad story and the staff would empathically reply “IT”S SOLD OUT”!!!

For those of us with a sad enough story or an article to write, being at this show turned out to be a memorable and entertaining evening. SSPU, Viva Voce and Kingdom had been on a 4 week tour together and this was the second to the last show of the tour. Kingdom played an entertaining set and Viva Voce was terrific. I have heard their music but had never seen perform and I loved them. They were a perfect band to see right before The Silversun Pickups took the stage.

The interesting thing about this night was that the crowd was not what I expected for this type of band. It mostly comprised of young suburban adults and college kids, not the hipster scene that I was expecting. But no matter when the sun’s took the stage and started into their first song the crowed responded by singing along and dancing with their arms in the air. The pulled out their hit song

“Well Thought Out Twinkles” early in the set and there was little doubt that most of the people were there to listen and sing along to songs from “Carvanas” not the early CD “Pikul”. The sun’s had a very rich thick sound live from Nikki Monninger’s Thunderbird bass to Brian’s voice and Les Paul everything sounded great. The band performance was flawless and they seemed to be having a good time. Brian would put his finger to his lips and shush the screaming audience down and then through his hands up and laugh as the people could no longer keep from screaming. The highlight for me was when Kevin and Anita from Viva Voce came out and played the song “Lazy Eye” with them and Zach from Kingdom did a stage dive into the crowd. The ending of “Lazy Eye” was nearly as long as the song itself but no one cared or even noticed.

Now I have read and heard the comparisons to the “Smashing Pumpkins” and I say “yeah so what”? They are to Smashing Pumpkins what Wolf Mother is to Black Sabbath to me. Their influences are obvious but it is refreshing to hear and Sold out tours and record sales show that I am hardly the only person that feels this way. I am sure that most of the people there that night will someday say I remember seeing the Silversun Pickups at The Crocodile Cafe’ back in 2006 before they were that big. (Bryan Witherwax)