Biography

Band Members  
Brian Aubert guitar/lead vocals
Nikki Monninger bass/backing vocals
Chris Guanlao drums
Joe Lester keyboards/samples/sound manipulation

Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2002. The band currently comprises Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao and Joe Lester. The band released their début EP, Pikul, in July 2005, and their début full-length album, Carnavas, on July 26, 2006. Their second full-length album, Swoon, was released on April 14, 2009. Neck of the Woods, the band’s third full-length album, was released on May 8, 2012.

History

Early years, Pikul EP (2002-2005)

The band members are friends who had played together previously or in mutual friends’ bands. 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

The band originated in L.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– Aubert was dating Gonzales and Monninger was dating Kennedy. This was before Gonzales and Kennedy left the band and Guanlao and Lester joined. Their current name is derived from a liquor store located across from Silverlake Lounge. One of the friends would often arrive at the store late at night to buy liquor, and would be as such making the “Silversun Pickup”. In interviews, the band has said their name is more of “a state of mind”.

Brian Aubert met Nikki Monninger in 1994 on a flight from Los Angeles to London. Both of them were headed to Cambridge for a school exchange program. Aubert noticed Monninger sitting across the aisle from him sneaking alcohol from the drink cart by distracting the flight attendant.

For the Pikul EP, fellow Silverlaker Tanya Haden was enlisted to play cello on the track “Kissing Families”.