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Odd Grammy Nomination Doesn't Faze Silversun Pickups

of the Oakland Press

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Silversun Pickups weren’t disappointed they didn’t win the Best New Artist trophy at this year’s Grammy Awards.

In fact, they were surprised to be in the category at all — especially since the Los Angeles quartet has been together since 2003 and released its first full-length album in 2006.

“It was interesting,” says bassist Nikki Monninger. “It was something we wouldn’t thought that we would’ve been part of, but it was a nice honor, I guess. We’re not surprised the Grammy committee wasn’t aware of our (history).

“But we were happy to be part of it. We were very close to Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and I think Carrie Underwood was right in front of us. Ringo Starr was right in front of us, too. And Lady Gaga — it was exciting to see her headdress. She was two rows up from us, but I felt sorry for the guy who was right behind her ... ”

Monninger and company — whose second album, “Swoon,” came out in April 2009 — are also happy with the company they’re keeping on the road right now, opening for British trio Muse’s North American tour. The outing is bringing Silversun Pickups into large arenas for the first time, which the bassist says is a new and welcome challenge.

“We haven’t played in places as big as the ones we’re doing with Muse, but we’ve definitely been playing larger places,” Monninger, 35, notes. “It’s a totally different experience than playing in clubs or theaters, so it’s hard to have the same connection.

“But it’s like a whole different side of playing and something we look forward to as well.”

Silversun Pickups perform with Muse at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 13) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $39.50. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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