I’m excited to give you guys a preview of some of the music that’s featured in “For Three.” As has been well documented on this blog, one of the most difficult things for me to do was to musicians generous enough to donate a song or two. Luckily, I did have 18 good souls who let me use a song. I’m in no way legally obligated to promote them (aka – that’s not “part of the deal”). They were good to me, though, and in turn, I want to be good to them and hope that if you find something that you’re interested in, you check them out and buy a song, album, t-shirt, or whatever. All of them have quite an online presence, so at the very least, you can shoot them a tweet or Facebook message saying you think it was really cool that they are part of “For Three.”
To me, this is one of the heavy hitters of the soundtrack. I’m proud of all of the music on here. I really am a fan of every band that I’ve got on the soundtrack. In the process of gathering music, though, I sent a lot of emails (500+) and I generally didn’t hear back from a lot of bands. After a little while, I started to realize to not even attempt anything that was on a major label (just wasn’t happening).
Sending out an email to Silversun Pickups, a group I’ve been into since I first heard them about five years ago on satellite radio, I was fairly confident that I was going to get no response. I can’t tell you how shocked I was when my phone buzzed in my pocket and I found out they approved it in almost no time at all.
I don’t know about yourself, but I think I’ve heard countless stories about pampered musicians that have a music rider saying no one is allowed to look them in the eyes backstage or they need 472 brown M&Ms in an imported glass bowl in their dressing room. Think I’m joking? Check out real backstage demands of a lot of your favorite artists. It’s wildly entertaining, but sometimes hugely disappointing. There is nothing worse than finding out someone you admire… might kind of suck. I still am in denial that Kirby Puckett was anything but the greatest human being of all-time (despite a fair amount of evidence that says otherwise).
It’s taken me a long time to get there, but the opposite is true, as well. Sometimes, I think I expect anyone famous to have a little bit of “too cool for school” in them. So when you hear stories about a band hanging out at a bar making small talk with their fans or an athlete who didn’t leave until every autograph was signed.
I’m getting long-winded, but I think you get the point. I never expected the Silversun Pickups to say yes, so I’m throught the roof excited that they are a part of “For Three.”
Now, if you are like a lot of casual music fans that listen to songs on the radio, but often don’t know the band that sings the song you’re listening to, let me give you five reasons why you should be listening to the Silversun Pickups.
5 – They sound a lot like the Smashing Pumpkins. I’m positive they hear it all the time. Now, I have no idea if this is something that they enjoy or something they get sick of. I know the Timberwolves arena game day host looks like Wally Sczerbiak (best I can do without spellcheck – am I close?) and he absolutely hates it if you yell out “WALLY!” when he’s around. I look at it this way. If you are being compared to someone or something that’s good, don’t complain. If I’m playing pickup basketball and someone says I play a lot like Brian Scalabrine, I’m immediately offended. Now, if they tell me that I’ve got a little Steve Nash passing and a little Shane Battier basketball IQ, I’m listening. Should be the same way with music. If someone compares you to LFO, feel free to slap them. If someone is comparing you to a band that is pretty universally loved (I think its safe to say a majority of people between 25 and 40 have an old Pumpkins cd sitting in the cd case somewhere), just go ahead and take that compliment in. BTW – Have you heard the latest Smashing Pumpkins music? It’s not horrible, but they’ve certainly been passed by bands like the Silversun Pickups. It’s kind of like when Jerry Rice was playing for the Raiders at the end of his career. Still good… but nowhere near the prime anymore.
4 – They’ve been nominated for a Grammy. Now, being nominated for a Grammy isn’t a reason in and of itself to listen to a band. But if you haven’t heard of a band and they’ve been nominated for a best new artist Grammy in the last five years, you probably owe it to yourself to check them out. Otherwise, you run the risk of sounding like your dad. “Who is the “Nerve Anna” band that everyone is talking about?” or “Why is everyone so up in arms that this Two Pack guy was killed?” You owe it to yourself to have a clue what’s going on culturally.
3 – (and this is a serious one) They are two albums into a career and they’ve already got five singles that are good enough to make me want to buy a greatest hits cd fifteen years from now (even though you won’t be able to buy a cd in fifteen years). If you are doing the iTunes thing, check out Lazy Eye, Well Thought Out Twinkles, The Royal We, Panic Switch, and Substitution. One of them is actually featured in For Three! I see them very easily turning into one of those bands that quietly puts out so much good music, you eventually forget they sang all of them. A few years ago, I saw Third Eye Blind in concert and spent the whole concert screaming into my wife’s ear “…I forgot they sang this song, too!”
2 – They’re on a cool label. Years ago, this was something that mattered more than almost anything else. Before it was easy to find songs on the internet and watch videos on YouTube, the easiest way to find a band you liked was by grabbing up some music from the same label. More often than not, you’d find some good stuff. Plus, if you went to concerts, a lot of bands would have free sampler cd’s of songs that were on their label. Dangerbird Records, (extemely cool people to work with, by the way), is the home of some really good stuff you might not have heard of – Ben Lee, Beady Eye, Fitz & The Tantrums, Hot Hot Heat, Minus the Bear, The Limousines, and many more.
1 – There deep cuts are every bit as good as their singles. In some ways, it’s an awesome time to be growing up as a music fan. You can spend 99 cents and get one of your favorite songs. I remember spending $17.98 at Sam Goody because I liked one song by a band. But if you don’t get full albums, you’re missing out. A lot of my favorite songs are album cuts that nobody really knows about. They’ve got two cd’s out (Carnavas and Swoon) and their both great albums. I couldn’t possibly recommend one of the other the same way I’m constantly going back and forth between the Blue Album and Pinkerton. It’s just a losing battle. Swoon came out in 2009 and I think was in the Billboard Top 10 (wikipedia confirms this!). Check it out.
You can check out more info on their official website – www.silversunpickups.com. If you haven’t heard of the Silversun Pickups, crawl out from under that rock. Then, check out the video for their first hit song “Lazy Eye” from a few years back. If you’re a fan of good music, doesn’t matter if you are 5 years old or 55 years old, I really think you might like this song and the band.This entry was posted in Blog by brent and comments are closed.