“Panic Switch” (Live on Kimmel) (Video)

    The second album by California alt-rockers Silversun Pickups, Swoon, catapulted the band into the upper echelons of the Billboard chart, and they capitalized on that popularity by performing the song “Panic Switch” on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night (Jan. 26).

     

    It’s a boom time for independent labels at present—if you can define a “boom time” as slipping in the back door with meager sales due to a collapse in interest in paying money for music—and “Panic Switch” was the first song by an independent artist to reach number one on the Billboard chart in 11 years (since Everlast’s “What It’s Like”). Unfortunately, as this performance irrefutably demonstrates, that’s the only interesting thing about it.