Silversun Pickups plays D.C. area in support of new album

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Photo - MORRISON, CO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Chris Guanlao of Silversun Pickups performs as part of 93.3's Big Gig at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 16, 2012 in Morrison, Colorado.  (Photo by Jason G. Bahr/Getty Images)
MORRISON, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Chris Guanlao of Silversun Pickups performs as part of 93.3's Big Gig at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 16, 2012 in Morrison, Colorado. (Photo by Jason G. Bahr/Getty Images)
Entertainment,Robert Fulton

When asked about Silversun Pickups' recent success, frontman Brian Aubert couldn't really explain why.

The Los Angeles-based act is currently on tour in support of its recent album, "Neck of the Woods," which came out in May. Silversun Pickups performs at a sold-out 9:30 Club on Friday, and for those D.C. fans who don't mind a short drive, the band can be found at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore on Thursday.

"It's been going insane," said Aubert. "It's really crazy. I don't know what it is.

"I feel like we seem to do everything in our power to [mess] it all up," Aubert added later.

Onstage
Silversun Pickups
» Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW
» When: Doors 10 p.m. Friday
» Info: Sold out, but tickets might be available through resellers; with Atlas Genius and Cloud Nothings; 877-435-9849; 930.com

For this leg of the tour, bassist Nikki Monninger will remain at home in L.A. She has a good excuse -- pregnant with twins, she toured as long as she could. Friend Sarah Negahdari, of the Happy Hollows, will fill in.

"Even though she's not really thrilled with not playing, because I know she's pretty bored, now she can sit back and relax and let herself get pampered," Aubert said.

"Sarah's ready to go," Aubert relayed to Monninger. "Don't be a hero. We've got your back, and Sarah's got your back."

Silversun Pickups broke through with the popular song "Lazy Eye" from the band's 2006 debut album ,"Canvas." Following its second album, "Swoon," the group wanted to take a new approach.

"We knew everything for this record would be new," Aubert said. "We were OK with that because we know what we do will still sound like us because this is how we sound. There are certain things that aren't going to change. It's the nature of who we are."

The main ingredient in the band's new album came in working with producer Jacknife Lee, who has produced U2 and R.E.M., among others.

"He pushed us for sure," Aubert said. "He's just a mad genius, a brilliant guy. He knew what we were trying to get to. I think the battles really happened when the band was really striving to go somewhere, but we didn't know how exactly to get there. When someone suggests something, you don't see it that way. You can't see where you want to go. You've never taken that road before, so you don't see how that works. So there's push and pull. He was amazing."

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