END Q+A with Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups

A homecoming of sorts is in order for the LA band when it comes to Seattle

April 6, 2016

Mat Hayward


Fresh off a rocking few days in Portland, Maine with their good buddies Cage the Elephant and Foals (and new good buddies, Bear Hands), Silversun Pickups are gearing up for yet another tour across the U.S. that kicks off at Fox Theater and criss-crosses the country before making a stop here in Seattle. 

We got a chance to chat with frontman Brian Aubert about the new tour, starting a new label and playing in Seattle. Aubert and the band still have fond memories of playing a ton of shows in Seattle as the band was getting started, so it makes sense that when the June 6 show comes around, it'll be a "homecoming" of sorts for the LA band. 

Read the full interview with Brian below: 

THE END: Thanks for taking some time this morning to chat with us!

BRIAN AUBERT: It’s actually noon over here so it wasn’t too hard. Wasn’t much of a raging night last night, but everyone at Spring Fling has sunglasses on inside right now.

END: Sounds like everyone had a good time! How is Spring Fling going so far?

BA: It’s been crazy! It’s kind of been everything we thought it was going to be like, just more insane. It’s definitely coming to an end. There’s two more left and I think that’s a good thing because physically it’s a real intense show because everybody is really close with each other. Every band is super high energy and that makes you play with such high energy and it’s just like a sledgehammer every night. Then you wake up and go ‘Ugh.’

END: You know a lot of those bands pretty well right? I think I remember reading you guys were buds with Cage The Elephant?

BA: Yeah we have known Cage for a long time and we just started playing shows with Foals prior to this thing. Then we met Bear Hands and they’re sort of newbies but everybody’s really tight with them because they are amazing. It’s really kind of special. I think it’s very rare that if you go to a bar near the venue when the venue is done that you’ll see all four bands hanging out together.

END: When I talked to Brad from Cage, he was saying that he just hopes they survive this tour and he sounded very serious. Does it have that vibe so far?

BA: It’s funny that you mention it because the second day of playing, Brad walked up to us and said, “Maybe this was a bad idea.” It’s just so jovial. It’s hard to just have a night off because you are so happy to be around each other. It is good that it’s coming to a close because we all probably will die. We’ll miss it. You know, it’s a difficult thing to put together because there are so many moving parts with this thing and we’re really hoping to be able to do it and now that it’s happening and almost over, we’re just really happy that it actually happened.

END: Give me a bit of the timeline with the album coming out and going out on tour. What’s life been like for the band?

BA: We got it down to a pretty consistent rhythm

We take a couple years to tour each record, then that next year is writing and recording it so somehow we are always three years aprt except this one took a little longer because we started our own label so there were some difficult things we had to work out. Besides all that, it’s pretty much been the same as always. I think it’s good it’s good to disappear for a bit. You don’t want to keep pounding people, we’d be bored of ourselves. We need to go and hole up for a minute. It’s fascinating to us that it’s literally been three years between each record. 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015… It seems strange but we kind of come from the headspace that if it took us three years more to make a record, we would do it. We don’t believe anything has to happen for a reason. We don’t have to make any album. If we feel like it, we do it and luckily every time we stop touring we feel like it. There’s no timeline as far as we are concerned.

END: Speaking of the new label, where did that come from and how has it been going?

BA: We were on a very small indie label that was super tiny. That deal was up and they went through a lot of changes and we went through a lot of changes. The relationship after a few records… they weren’t the same, we weren’t the same. We didn’t even really think about what we were going to do or where we would put the record, we just started making the record. While we were making it, it just came up where we thought, “Maybe we should just release it ourselves.” I juse couldn’t imagine what a big label could do for us or what we could do for them. It seemed wildly wrong, after being really left alone for so long, to jump in bed with something. We like to do things on our own and it’s crazy because now if we want to do something, it happens immediately. There are just no hoops to jump through now. We are very lucky.

END: I remember seeing you guys back at Sasquatch in 2009 and you have been back around Seattle and the PNW since then, any special memories from up here?

BA: Oh my God. Absolutely. At one point, people actually thought we were from Seattle because we put out an EP called Pikul and we were just going to put it out and start writing our record, but it started getting played up here and all the sudden we started touring on our EP and we played every place you can imagine in Seattle. We played 20 times in Seattle over two months. My favorite was playing an Oktoberfest in 2005 and we just couldn’t believe it. We were playing these places like Neumos and Crocodile and it was the first time that we were away from our home and people knew our songs. It just made our minds snap because we never had that experience before and never really toured. The idea of people knowing you somewhere else was so strange. Seattle has always been to us where it really started to make us wire our brains differently. It all started there.

END: Glad to hear it. Well we are just hoping you guys and Cage survive long enough to play here in June!

BA: Yeah that might not be done. **laughs** Be careful what you wish for!