Silversun Pickups

May 11, 2012

As a concert photographer I have the great opportunity to see a lot great musicians performing up close and personal on a fairly regular ba sis so you can imagine I have my opinions about shows and definitely have my favorites.  I don’t care who the band is though.  If they come out on stage and have fun with the fans, with their music and with themselves I am going to enjoy it.  Last year of the shows I shot, the b and that did that the most and the best in my opinion was Cage the Elephant.  As a result, I am a huge CTE fan and always will be.

For me, tonight’s acoustic performance by the Silversun Pickups put them in the same class.  When Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger took th e stage they were immediately likeable and it was obvious that not only were they incredibly talented, they were having fun with what they were doing.  In my opinion, that’s what separates the good from the great.

Fans had lined up on Pike and around 2nd street s ince as early as 11am to get a good spot in the Cavern Club on the 2nd floor of the Hard Rock Café.  They were not disappointed.  The two played for the better part of an hour then met with fans that had won the experience through the End for a photo op.  Brian had me cracking up the entire time I was shooting them.  If he wasn’t leaning completely into the group causing them to lose balance he was grabbing their head, pulling their hair or giving some wild looks. 

To start the evening Harms asked some pretty diverse questions ranging from their opinion on Obama’s comments about gay marriage to whether or not they had seen the Avengers yet (they hadn’t but Brian said he heard that Hulk rules).  That interview was the best I had seen since Mike Ness from Social Distortion told Gregr that the last time he had been in a fight was “5 minutes from now.”  Brian was throwing comments out there such as “If you guys want to go to sleep watch the Grammy’s.” He said he loved Dick’s hamburgers in Seattle and went on to say that “All the food here is pretty damn good!”

In addition to the acoustic bass, Nikki was doing a great job working as the live censor offering the “beep” sound when Brian was throwing out profanities.  The show was streaming live online so with her help, I don't think anyone was offended :)  At one point Brian said he was reminded by the crowd of a dream he had.  He started pointing people out in the audience and telling them whether they were in it or not.  Those that were not were looking a bit deflated but hey, he didn’t say what kind of dream it was so maybe it was a good thing to be left out. 

At the end of the day it was a great show and a lot of fun.  I hope you like the photos.  More to come on including the meet and greet pics. 

-Mat Hayward