I really wanted to avoid mentioning the Smashing Pumpkins in this post about Silversun Pickups’ “The Royal We” video, but the band certainly does make it hard don’t they? Even their videos have the faux-profound imagery that Smashing Pumpkins used to favor, and there’s no way you could have written this song without having Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in heavy rotation in your frontal lobe. I guess that’s okay, if you’re in to a band that isn’t as good as the Smashing Pumpkins at this very okay style of music. But I imagine the people who are really into this missed out on the Pumpkins the first time around and this provides them with a decent mid-point between alt-rock and indie-rock.
Silversun Pickups Swoon is out now.