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Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert: “The Beastie Boys Are Mighty, It’s Sad To Think That Something Can Take Them Down”

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Steve Bitanga

Silverlake, California’s dream-pop grunge kids, Silversun Pickups, released their third album, Neck of the Woods, on Dangerbird Records today (May 8). Featuring their newest radio hit, “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings),” the album has already jumped to the top of the iTunes charts, sitting pretty at number tw0 while magazines like Paste declare the album “the best mainstream rock album of the year.”

To celebrate, the band came to Red Bull Sounds Space at KROQ in Los Angeles and played a five-song set in the Red Bull Sound Space. Before they played popular songs like “Lazy Eye,” “Panic Switch,” and “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings),” the band was interviewed by Ted Stryker.

The radio host asked how the Silversun Pickups felt about the Beastie Boys and the tragic passing of Adam Yauch a/k/a MCA. Frontman Brian Aubert declared he was currently listening to, saying that if someone says they don’t like the Beastie Boys they are “lying.”


“Well, it’s horrible really. And it affects everybody because the Beastie Boys are mighty and it’s sad to think that something can take them down.” said Aubert. “You know, I think it just makes you realize, ”Wow.’”

“Because they’re current; they’re not like a past thing and I think people get a little callous about when people pass away and they start listening to their albums again,” elaborated Aubert. “No one’s not listening to the Beastie Boys, right? And that’s that. It’s horrible. I think it makes you realize who the enemy really is.”


Neck of the Woods is available at iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Silversun Pickups, follow them on Twitter, on Facebook, or check out their website: silversunpickups.com

–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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