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Neck of the Woods finally breaks Silversun Pickups from their '90s alt-rock comparisons. Not that they're done exploring (and improving on) that blueprint; the opening “Skin Graph” explodes into a droning indie pop gem worthy of The Breeders. A-list producer Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party, Snow Patrol, Kasabian, R.E.M.) mixes Brian Aubert’s guitars to sound suitably big and heavy. In “Make Believe,” Aubert whisper-sings before slipping into nasal-toned inflections. The standout song “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” is immediately gripping, with a fluttering strobe of distorted tones and blissed-out dream-pop guitars, but it’s the unshakable melody that makes it special. Both “The Pit” and “Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)” work in gloomy post-punk flourishes.

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It actually took me a while before I started understanding this album. That's the way it always is with albums I end up listening to over and over again. I'm still not entirely convinced about all the songs, but the more I listen, the more I appreciate. This is really clever, well thought-of music. Brian's voice is so much more mature than before. Listen to Busy Bees or The Pit to see what I mean. He's a much more powerful singer who's really effective at building up intensity. And Nikki's bass playing has gone up a notch as well. That's what I love about SSPU: the intensity. And this album doesn't disappoint, although it's a different kind of intensity which takes a little bit of getting used to. But it is sooo worth it!

I need to see the lyrics now!


Longtime Silversun Pickups fan and no surprise, "Neck of the Woods" is another stellar offering from them. It's distinctly SSP with lots of new great sounds happening and I'm loving Brian Aubert's vocals/voice (with Nikki backing) as always. If you're already a fan you will love it, if you're not yet into them - get going, you will not be disappointed! Happy listening!

Severely Superb. Synonymous With Sheer Splendor.

I had the pleasure of witnessing this collective group of talent two years back in April. Growing Old Is Getting Old pretty much ripped my brain in two. I may as well suffered a concussion due to the sonic severity of their sound. Every melody, every tone, in tune and collectively working to bolster the epic army of sound that these guys produce.
Needless to say, I was quite looking forward to the new fancy album from Silversun Pickups, hoping that they'd stay true to the desirable transformation of artistry and produce a new killer album.

It's with great pleasure that I issue this statement: Don't worry. It's killer.

Neck Of The Woods is a perfectly desirable album that doesn't disappoint in terms of the growth of this groups sound. It does not succumb to the corruption that so many "new" groups experience in compromising the origin of their sound to 'progress' to the next level. There's no, "Wow... I can literally hear the darn attempt to gain entry into the top 40 charts" here. That's for silly nannies. It's almost Foo Fighters-esque, the way in which elements of the early albums are still so prominent, while the changes yield a newer, fancier sound that makes one want to climb a volcano and yell loud things.

I'm a drummer at heart, and Chris Guanlao constantly impresses me with his subtle yet loudly definite approach to the percussive instrument that I hear first every time. It seems so natural, and that's what a drummers job is. Don't drop your sticks, and look cool. He does both, what a genius god. Chills erupt over the surface of my skin with the intro drumming of Skin Graph. Seriously, that's just a sick beat. Simply boss lovely.

If you are of the Silversun Pickups faithful, I'm unsure why you'd hesitate to download this gem, weirdo.

If you heard the song at the end of the season finale of The Secret Circle (I know, there's someone with considerable influence in my life that enjoys watching such things) and thought, "Woah, that's pretty boss," giver a listen. That one was called Skin Graph.

If you are randomly here from another planet, and this is the first sound you hear, things are gonna be peaceful, as long as you like fantastic music that makes you move. We have awesome music here on earth. Neck Of The Woods belongs to that category.


Formed: 2002 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles indie rockers whose organic but richly atmospheric sound (and their subsequent critical and commercial success) helped put the uber-hip Silver Lake scene on the map, Silversun Pickups were formed in 2002, initially using the name A Couple of Couples. The original handle reflected the fact that in the band's first lineup, lead guitarist Brian Aubert was romantically involved with drummer Elvira Gonzales, while rhythm guitarist Jack Kennedy was in a relationship with bassist Nikki Monninger....
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