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Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002. The band comprises Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao, and Joe Lester.

The band released their debut EP, Pikul, in July 2005, and their debut full–length album, Carnavas, on July 26, 2006. Their second full–length album, Swoon, was released on April 14, 2009. Their third album, Neck of the Woods, is to be released on May 8, 2012.

The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends' bands. They began their career in L.A. clubs, most often at Silverlake Lounge or nearby Spaceland, and began to draw a strong following upon the release of the Pikul EP.

The band originated in L.A.'s Silver Lake music scene, home of Rilo Kiley and others.

The band was originally named A Couple of Couples, as the original band members were literally a couple of romantically involved couples. However, this was before a change in line–up. Their current name is derived from a liquor store across from Silverlake Lounge. One of the friends would often arrive at the store late at night to buy liquor, and would be as such making the "Silversun Pickup". In interviews, the band often says their name is more of "a state of mind" – supposedly from living so close to everything an L.A.–based indie rock band would need late at night.