Silver Lake, ground zero for the alternative and indie rock scene in LA, has turned out some stellar names over the past two decades, among them Silversun Pickups, these days comprising Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao and Joe Lester. The quartet was the breakout band of the mid-aughts with its 2005 EP Pikul and full-length debut Carnavas (2006). (Gamers, among others, are surely familiar with the big single from that album: “Lazy Eye” can be heard on Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour.)
The day after Silversun Pickups’ June 6 appearance at X107.5’s OBC (Our Big Concert) at the Chelsea inside the Cosmopolitan, the band will release its fifth full-length album, Widow’s Weeds. Set to be released on the Pickups’ own New Machine Recordings, the LP was produced by Butch Vig (of Garbage and Nevermind fame, and fellow Silver Lake resident), an experience Monninger has described as “very collaborative.”
Fans at OBC will get a chance to bob their heads to Weeds’ frenetic lead single, “It Doesn’t Matter Why,” and mellow out to the luscious, string-happy “Freakazoid.” While recording, the band faced personal challenges, including lead singer Aubert’s stint in rehab, resulting in a more thematically somber, though no less sonically propulsive, album. “The record does have a mourning vibe, but it’s not sad,” Aubert told Rolling Stone. “It’s change. It’s growing up and moving on and letting go of things.”
SILVERSUN PICKUPS At OBC with AJR, SMYL, Shaed. June 6, 8 p.m., $42-$140. The Chelsea, 702-698-7475.