By Trevor Morelli
CALGARY – Silversun Pickups have been on a whirlwind roller coaster ride ever since their breakout single “Lazy Eye” exploded in 2007. The band is finishing up the tour cycle for their latest album, 2015’s Better Nature, with a short trek through Canada scheduled for this fall.
Their minimalistic indie-rock fits the brisk days of a Canadian autumn almost perfectly. Their toned-down guitar and subtle beats mix with soft, almost whisper-like vocals to create a soundscape that is simultaneously expansive and relaxing.
After hundreds of shows over the last two years, one could forgive the band for winding down the tour cycle with an exhaustive whimper rather than a bang. Lead singer Brian Aubert says that definitely won’t be the case when they stop in Calgary on Edmonton. In fact, he has fond memories of the former city.
“I’m so happy about that,” Aubert proclaims. “Calgary, especially. I love Calgary. Last time when we were in Calgary, Nikki [Monninger], my bass player, we did an acoustic promo in the tower. When we were there it was actually really fun.”
He says even our unpredictable weather patterns are a welcome change from the Californian climate he’s used to.
“Coming to Calgary in the winter versus the summer; it’s like night and day. It’s fascinating because it’s amazing both times. The summers are just so lovely and the winters are just like ‘Wow.’”
One of the clear highlights for the band during the Better Nature tour cycle was a run of shows in quick succession in South America.
“All of a sudden we had this big run of like 10 days in all these different cities with our friends Cage the Elephant and then the Lollapaloozas. That was insane.”
“We’ve been working on going down there for so long,” Aubert continues. “Over the last 10 years since we’ve been touring, we’ve been getting messages from people in South America and Mexico and it was always logistically difficult. Every country there has just a strong identity. We knew we didn’t have a lot of time there so every time we weren’t onstage we were just running around. It was just so wildly lively that when we got home, it just felt boring.”
After a bit of a break next year, Aubert knows the band will be back in the studio for a new record. It’s far too early to tell what the next Silversun Pickups record will sound like.
“Right now, in my head, it’s so hard because the world is so insane. I can’t wait to hear what the hell our next album will be because every day I have a different sort of headspace. Every day things are just so wild.”
Catch Silversun Pickups October 26 at the Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver), October 28 at The Palace Theatre (Calgary), and October 29 at Union Hall (Edmonton).Catch Silversun Pickups, Commodore Ballroom, The Palace Theatre, Union Hall