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Show Review: Silversun Pickups

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Show Review: Silversun Pickups
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I must admit that I wasn’t super excited about covering the Silversun Pickups return to Columbus, after all, it had only been six months since the last visit and I wasn’t all that blown away when they performed on the LC stage for the CD102.5 Holiday Show. Sure, they put on a professional and very tight performance, but it felt impersonal and a little too run-of-the-mill. Thankfully, six months can make all the difference.

With a more compact stage, a light show of epic proportions and a wave of noise that could knock down walls, the LA band looked on top form. Brian Aubert was lively, engaging the crowd and band mates. His humour and humbleness really connected with the crowd. Bassist Sarah Negahdari looked to be having the time of her life, bouncing around the stage with a gleaming smile permanently etched on her face while Chris Guanlao hunkered down to beat the life out of his drums and keyboardist Joe Lester calmly worked in the more delicate side of the bands arsenal of sounds.

With no new releases since the last visit to Columbus the band are still touring their ‘Neck of the Woods’ album and the evenings set list was a familiar collection of old and new favourites. While the softer songs sounded great on the indoor LC stage the band are at their best when kicking things up a notch with harder hitting jams like “Royal We”,”Mean Spirits” and “Panic Switch”.

Six months on and the band finally delivered the Silversun Pickups experience I was hoping to get back in December. There are some bands you really only want to see live every couple of years, but with a performance like that, I’d go see them again tomorrow.

Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.

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