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Silversun Pickups Get Their Geek On

Darren Taylor
Darren Taylor 6 March 2009 at 15.00

With their second album ‘Swoon’ scheduled for release in April on Warners, Rock Sound caught up with Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert to discuss some serious world issues like gaming and Twitter…

With their second album 'Swoon' scheduled for release in April on Warners, Rock Sound caught up with Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert to discuss some serious world issues like gaming and Twitter...

You’ve got two tracks from your forthcoming album appearing on the next Guitar Hero: World Tour Edition. Do you play Guitar Hero?
“I don’t, I have played it once. I do play video games once in a while but I get video game guilt. The video games I play are these big, sweeping movies with huge stories that take 80 years to finish!”

Rock Sound has a penchant for for Tomb Raider, Grant Theft Auto and Call Of Duty...
“Awh, Grand Theft Auto, come on. I remember I had a splurge when I bought a PS3, I had it mainly because our DVD player broke and there was this game I remember called Uncharted that I bought, it’s like Tomb Raider but just, unbelievably amazing. The graphics are so good they just swept me away for so long that I just felt so awful about it.”

How do you get time to play it?
“It’s funny because this was when we had a month off! I think after three days I thought, ‘I can’t do this’. We get such amnesia as a band it’s hilarious. We can tour for over two years and then we get a day off and we think that it’s such a glorious day off and that we’re having such a good time, and then the day after that we’ll think we’re such losers for not doing anything.”

So which member of the band is posting on your Twitter then?
“I’m not sure, I believe that’s Christopher [Guanlao, drums]. Because I don’t really know anything about it.”

That’s the future you know?
“I hope not. I heard this comedian who was really funny say that Twitter is great because it shows the world how boring everyone is.”

We got a friend to sign up for it and his only post has been, ‘I am sitting’.
“Yeah it’s all about trying to do fake ones like. ‘We are now on the moon’ or, ‘We are now concocting this weird chemical…’ I don’t know, I think there’s a sect of people who are fascinated by that stuff, but I think we’re a little shy about pointing the finger at ourselves all the time. It kind of makes you feel like, ‘Who the hell are we to be thinking that we’re something that people would follow?’ There’s a mystery to bands that’s really hard to keep and we work hard for it because you don’t really need to know all the stupid silly shit we’re doing all the time and we’re not that interesting (laughs). Or maybe we are? Who knows? It’s just another thing that seems to need to happen and when we start delegating it it’ll be people from the band and I think Christopher’s doing a really good job.”

Rock Sound reckons that people will be bored within a year and something else will come along…
“Yeah, like Myspace really worked, and why did it work? It was a really easy to understand band website and you could click on it, you knew where the music box was while other websites you had to go through all these different flash animations. On Myspace we get the most traffic, people go there a lot. We do try to respond to people but it gets difficult and it’s a lot of times you can’t. What’s funny is when you post something on there and how quickly people respond to stuff. I just love the differences in the way people speak or write or think.”

You can follow Sillversun Pickups on Twitter by clicking at this link: http://twitter.com/sspu

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