Christopher Guanlao, who acts as drummer for the L.A.-based band (alongside Brian Aubert on lead vocals and guitar, Nikki Monninger on bass and Joe Lester on keyboard and sound manipulation), points to a heartwarming reason behind their success: “We like each other still.” He acknowledges that the band has had its ups and downs, but tells , “We’ve gotten to the point where we know how to deal with things, we don’t have to deal with the crazy drama ... Because we’re friends and, really, family now first, then we are a band.” is the fourth album from the band, and with its release comes the beginning of a touring cycle.When he wasn't behind the mic, he was at the helm of the stage getting the crowd involved in call and response.It was clear from the first song that more than a decade since becoming a band, they are still just as passionate as ever.Brian Aubert (guitar, vocals) * Nikki Monninger (bass) Joe Lester (keyboards) * Christopher Guanlao (drums) “This album is like its own quantum universe,” says Silversun Pickups singer/guitarist Brian Aubert.“It’s kind of unstable.” Silversun Pickups’ first new album in more than three years, .Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2002.
Their second full-length album, Swoon, was released on April 14, 2009.
They began their career in Los Angeles clubs, most often at Silverlake Lounge or nearby Spaceland, and began to draw a strong following upon the release of the Pikul EP. A.'s Silver Lake music scene, home of Rilo Kiley and others.
The band was originally named A Couple of Couples, as the original line-up was composed of a pair of romantically involved couples-- lead guitarist Brian Aubert was dating drummer Elvira Gonzales, while bassist Nikki Monninger was dating rhythm guitarist Jack Kennedy.
Neck of the Woods, the band's third full-length album, was released on May 8, 2012.
The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends' bands.