Silversun Pickups / Against Me!

Silversun Pickups / Against Me!: live in Brooklynlive in Brooklyn (2010)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Earliest show ever? Silversun Pickups' gig at the outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront involved a door time of 5'o'fucking clock. With a little bit of usual Friday night traffic and an unexpected start time for Against Me! of 7:15, I'd unfortunately missed all of the Henry Clay People and all but the las.

Earliest show ever? Silversun Pickups' gig at the outdoor Williamsburg Waterfront involved a door time of 5'o'fucking clock. With a little bit of usual Friday night traffic and an unexpected start time for Against Me! of 7:15, I'd unfortunately missed all of the Henry Clay People and all but the last third of AM!'s set upon arrival.

Frankly, I didn't even recognize who was playing as the band plodded through "Bamboo Bones" (complete with auxiliary keyboardist Franz Nicolay's expansive tones), so I wasn't too worried. Then I recognized the mid-tempo shrug of "Suffocation" following that and some disappointment set in. I was able to catch that song from afar as my cousin and I navigated our way around the truly confusing entry points to the floor area for the show. Practically the whole concrete slab was closed off to keep alcohol off the viewing premises and more towards the drinking area; while that's certainly something I can appreciate, as having beer spilled on you and no shirt to change into is not the most fun for those of us refraining from constant upping of the punx, it took forever to find our way in. "Spanish Moss" and "Rapid Decompression," two more White Crosses cuts, followed. It seemed like AM! only had a couple fans scattered about, as well as a really embarrassing "pit" that consisted of a few bulky dudes of wildly varying age pogo-ing into each other. But they might've had more fans there than I thought when Tommy Gabel howled the open line to "Sink, Florida, Sink" and the fingerpoints came out of the woodwork. Here's what else they played. Matt Pinfield later came out with the Fat Wreck Chords namedrop in championing the ability of independent labels to get the word out on bands.

I came to see Silversun Pickups more as a voyeur than a fan. They're quickly becoming one of the most celebrated alternative rock bands of the modern landscape, with some pretty steady commercial appeal and critical approval (mostly). So I decided to see what the big deal was and was relatively rewarded with a solid and pretty engaging set with one too many unintentioned stabs of feedback but few frills overall. Apparently, they may have sped up the tempo on many of these songs, so keep that in mind.

The band seemed humbled by the huge, practically amphitheater-sized crowd and responded by continually drowning them in waves of humming guitars, amble melodies and Brian Aubert's ethereal voice. I noticed that his version of screaming was incredibly similar to that of Anthony Green's--maybe it's just because they're both androgynously voiced frontmen of atmospheric alternative/indie rock bands. Let's not forget bassist Nikki Monninger, though; she was steady and measured throughout with occasional pogo-ing to give the stage a better energy.

Their fans were all over the age and race spectrum, which seemed interesting. The average age likely dipped into the mid-to-late 20s, and there was very bizarre push-mosh that began to occur towards the middle and end of the set, much to the rest of the audience's bemusement or out-of-comfort zone shock. All were very receptive to the band, though, dancing along, cheering between songs or simply informing Monninger, "You're hot, by the way!"

Set list (8:31-9:48):

  1. Growing Old Is Getting Old
  2. Well Thought Out Twinkles
  3. Sort Of
  4. There's No Secrets This Year
  5. The Royal We
  6. Little Lover's So Polite
  7. It's Nice to Know You Work Alone
  8. Future Foe Scenarios
  9. Kissing Families
  10. Catch and Release
  11. Panic Switch
  12. Lazy Eye
    Encore (9:50-10:04):
  13. Substitution
  14. Creation Lake (not sure if they played this or not)
  15. Common Reactor


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gotsmuch (June 30, 2010)

i was across the street from this show and didn't even know it until just now. i was so super put-off by the lameness of this crowd that i didn't even bother to find out who was playing. turned out to be one of my former favorite bands. weird.

this review was well-written.

trailerparkjesus (June 30, 2010)

When you need to review a show and remember the setlist, use your phone notepad app (its even on older crappier phones most of the time) and any song you're not sure of, either ask someone who looks like they know or grab a lyric and google it.. its not too hard.

aubin (June 30, 2010)

Last night in Toronto was quite good. Against Me! put on a great show and I do like the Pickups, so I dug their set too. It's not the bill I would have imagined but it worked better than I expected.

elliot (June 30, 2010)

Matt Pinfield was there?? That's awesome!

Grade_ (June 30, 2010)

Good for you Sailon_on...You sure showed those hipsters.

ToucheDouche (June 29, 2010)

The St. Pete show was horrible. The audience were all yuppies, and the few Against Me! fans were scattered around the room. It made singing along to the occasional, decent AM! song pretty awkward.

hello-rockview (June 29, 2010)

I get to see this show for free.
Of course I'll be leaving after Against Me!.

sailin_on (June 29, 2010)

I cannot express how much SSP annoys me. The Against Me! set (in Philly), while a tad disappointing was still energetic and fun for the 15 of us fans moshing amongst the sea of hipsters.

eazyd2 (June 29, 2010)

how the hell do you remember setlists of a band you dont really know? do you write down shit n shit? also never heard of this silversun picjup but they sound pretty shit. also that against me setlist is quite dicuskcuking

Bryne (June 29, 2010)

I was at the Orlando stop of this tour, and I thought AM! sounded pretty great (but I like White Crosses, so what do I know). That's more or less the same set we got here, just in a different order and "Miami" and "I Still Love You Julie" instead of "Spanish Moss" and "Bamboo Bones."

bastard_squad (June 29, 2010)

Following up with Paul's comment below, I don't see any similarity with Smashing Pumpkins but Silversun Pickups would have fit right in with the mid-90's indie rock from Simple Machines Records.

PaulPendley (June 29, 2010)

I find comparing Silversun to Smashing Pumpkins funny. Other than the voice, I don't see it. I can only imagine how awesome it was hearing Common Reactor as the final song. Such a great band.

misterspike (June 29, 2010)

Caught this tour in Boca Raton a couple weeks ago. My exposure to Silversun Pickups is pretty limited ... I liked them more the first time
around when they were called Smashing Pumpkins.

Crowd during AM! sounds pretty much like how it was down here. Missing The Henry Clay People, however, was a mistake on the writer's part. Anyone that's catching this tour needs to do themselves a favor and be sure to check out THCP.

somebodysdonefor (June 29, 2010)

"Creation Lake" might be the best SSP song ever,

HeresLookinAtYou (June 29, 2010)

This reminds me of the Torche/Circa/Coheed show in Central Park a few weeks back, Torche started at like 5:30pm and I missed a bit more than half of Circa's set. Bummer city.

aubin (June 29, 2010)

Going to go check out the show tonight (Tuesday) in Toronto. Looking forward to it, but it's going to be an interesting crowd.

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