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L.A. indie rockers Silversun Pickups play simmering, guitar-driven confessionals. “Lazy Eye,” off their debut, Carnavas, appears on the soundtrack of Rock Band 2.
How has your experience with Rock Band been?
Brian Aubert, vocals/guitar: I remember Leeds or Reading Festival in the U.K., they had one of those things set up, and I was playing with a bunch of kids and they just creamed me. They destroyed me.
Are you nervous to play “Lazy Eye” on the game?
A friend came up to me at a club recently and said, “I can’t wait to play ‘Lazy Eye’ on Rock Band.” He was like, “You have to come over and we have to try it.” I was like basically like, “What’s going to happen is I’ll be trying to play my song and I’ll suck, and you’re going to destroy me.” And he was like, “I know. I can’t wait.”
Do you have any advice for finding the song’s groove?
It’s very, very simple. It chugs along. And when things go mental, they’re a little bit more bizarre. There are crazy, screaming weird sounds. My advice is, “Hey, I can do it. Come on.” If you play “Lazy Eye” on Rock Band and you don’t master it, then you should give up. It’s not in you, kid. I’m sorry.
What can your fans expect from your next record, Swoon?
It’s going to be a lot more personal. We really kind of widened the sound a little bit, we think. That one was more of a punch-in-the-face unit, and this one has that in it, but it’s a lot more broad. There are softer things in spite of the heavier things. It’s going to be really interesting. The way life works, it’s going to be a pretty emotional record.