Silversun Pickups consists of Brian Aubert (vocals/guitar), Nikki Monninger (vocals/bass), Christopher Guanlao (drums), and Joe Lester (keyboards). The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends' bands. The band originated in L.A.'s much-vaunted Silver Lake music scene, home of Elliott Smith, Rilo Kiley and others. Their name comes from a liquor and convenience store near their house at Sunset and Silver Lake Blvds in Los Angeles. The band's sound, often encompassing multiple overdubs of distorted guitars, is frequently compared to that of The Smashing Pumpkins, although the band members also say they are heavily influenced by other artists as diverse as My Bloody Valentine, the Velvet Underground, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, and Secret Machines as well as numerous other artists with lesser publicity.
The band toured the UK and Ireland while Carnavas was released there on May 28, 2007. They opened for the Foo Fighters in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Dublin, Ireland. Members Brian Aubert and Joe Lester are also former members of the indie rockband Sea Wolf. Joe is also a former member of Pine Marten. The band also is associated with the now-defunct L.A. recording studio / cult-of-brotherhood "The Ship", along with The Movies, Sea Wolf, Pine Marten, Great Northern, and Earlimart. The ballad "Creation Lake", sung by Nikki on Pikul EP (released July 2005), is actually a cover of a song by The Movies.
Silversun Pickups - Carnavas