By Josh Herwitt //
Silversun Pickups are well-known for their connection to LA. The band’s name, in fact, was derived from a liquor store in Silver Lake, where it formed more than a decade ago and first rose to prominence by playing small, local clubs such as Silverlake Lounge and Spaceland (now called The Satellite).
Since then, Brian Aubert (lead vocals, guitar), Nikki Monninger (vocals, bass guitar), Chris Guanlao (drums, percussion, vocals) and Joe Lester (keyboards) have released four studio albums and toured all over the world, with their next run of dates coming this summer as opening support on Third Eye Blind’s “Summer Gods Tour” that kicks off in June.
For the latest iteration of The GRAMMY Museum’s “Homegrown” series, the four-piece sat down with GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman to discuss the writing and recording process for its latest LP Better Nature before performing an acoustic set for those fortunate enough to score a ticket to the event. And with all 200 seats inside the diminutive Clive Davis Theater occupied, Silversun did their best to show why they’re definitely one of LA’s best homegrown acts.