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Interview:
Silversun Pickups has its priorities in order
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Silversun Pickups have a new album out -- "Neck of the Woods," the Los Angeles modern rock group's third -- but something a little more important is going on behind the scenes.

Bassist Nikki Monninger is sitting out the group's current tour because she's expecting twin daughters -- due in early January but with a Cesarian section planned for December. Frontman Brian Aubert says the other three band members are as excited as Monninger for the girls' arrival.

"We told her band, shmand -- this is pretty serious life stuff and it's going to be incredible," says Aubert. "We know it's a little hard for her to not be with us and playing gigs, but we just let her know this is a big thing and we want to make sure she's OK and she's safe and adjusted to everything. We're like, 'Whenever you want to come back, come back.'

"And of course she's basically like, 'Once they're out, I'm in,' and I'm telling her, 'I think you'll want to hang out with them a little bit,' so we'll see what happens. But it's exciting."

"Neck of the Woods" has been exciting for the group as well. The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in May, Silversun Pickups' best showing to date, and it also topped the Independent Albums chart, while the single "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" was a Top 10 hit on Alternative Rock Radio. The group is popular enough that the Mitt Romney presidential campaign even used its song "Panic Switch" at rallies until Aubert and company issued a cease and desist order.

"To be honest, it was pretty small," Aubert recalls. "We were pretty busy, and we started hearing from people it was being used -- it's amazing how quickly news like that can travel. People were a little confused; in their heads it looked like we supported something we didn't. So we said, 'Hey, don't do that,' and they said, 'OK, we won't.' That was that.

"Then it blew up into this 24-hour news cycle thing that, to be honest, was quite fun to watch. But we didn't feel part of it. It was like watching someone else's story."

Sliversun Pickups and Cloud Nothings perform Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 S. Main St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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