Silversun Pickups debut new track 'Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)'
The L.A. gauzy rock quartet Silversun Pickups has been lying low since its unexpected 2009 nomination for best new artist at the Grammys and high-profile 2010 follow-up tours in support of its second album, "Swoon." Fans of the band's redlining guitars and raspy vocals have waited for new songs ever since, and the band's new album "Neck of the Woods" is due out May 8 on local indie Dangerbird Records.
The band debuted a bit of music from it online Sunday, and the single "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" fits right in with its '90s-alt-rock inspired dynamics. The track starts with a flurry of synthesizer arpeggio and falsetto moans that suggest the band has taken cues from the epic electronic rock of peers like M83, before piling on its Pixies-inspired guitars and busy drumming.
It's not the most immediate or hook-driven single they've released, but as a sign of a mid-career band testing its palette, it's a compelling new use of the raw fuzz and ambient atmosphere that the band has long explored.
-- August Brown
Photo: Silversun Pickups at the Greek Theatre. Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times