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Silversun Pickups — Substitution
Album: Swoon
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Released: 2009
Length: 4:32
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There's a vulture perching right offscreen
And it's bitter and whispers chaotic things
And the weeps turn quick into bullying
It's so easy to see everyone can agree stop listening

I know you've heard it before
But then it wasn't enough
You don't want to be held back from the substitution
I know you've seen this before
And now enough is too much
You don't want to be set back when the substitution comes

I'm sorry

You're a marionette in the center of
The twisting of strings coming from above
It may seem too deep to recover from
It's so easy to see everyone can agree just let it go

I know you've heard it before
But then it wasn't enough
You don't want to be held back from the substitution
I know you've seen this before
And now enough is too much
You don't want to be set back when the substitution comes

I'm sorry
I'm sorry

When the voices start spitting just be aware
I've brought enough stones for us to share
That one's grinning, that one's burning aim for the throat
Let 'em choke on the stones that we have to throw

It's the great downfall
The big overthrow
If we shoot them down
It'll make you soar

When reactions turn into hurricanes
And the middle ground seems a little tame
Whether full or empty, it's all the same
It's so easy to see everyone can agree you're not to blame

I know you've heard it before
But then it wasn't enough
You don't want to be held back from the substitution
I know you've seen this before
But now enough is too much
You don't want to be set back when the substitution comes

I'm sorry
Comments (178)add comment
The mix in this recording reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. Thick with scooped mids and detail in the highs. Good stuff!
 stevendejong wrote:

I think he did that song "Teenage Dirtbag" before ;-)
 

True he does sound a lot more like Brendan B. Brown of Wheatus than Billy Corrigan to me as others here seem to hear.
sheesh.  i just happened back to RP (with my vol somewhat mismatched) right into some "Silversun" pickup overload.  not too sure bout the rest of the song but the slammin guitar was surprise/fun.  thx.
 spotcheckbilly wrote:
Why didn't they just name themselves "Smashing Pickups" or "Silversun Pumpkins"?

 
Because if a singer has a similar voice, it MUST be a copycat band.
Great stuff! Very refreshing.
Love these guys!! Saw them in concert at New Orleans jazz fest, they killed it!! No haters please...
Why didn't they just name themselves "Smashing Pickups" or "Silversun Pumpkins"?
 misterbearbaby wrote:
They're the 1910 Fruitgum Company ( ...or maybe The Strawberry Alarm Clock) of the millennium.

You can be healed from listening to music like this, ust like any other disease. Take 2 James Browns and a Grateful Dead (just one!) and call me when you come to. And ...stop drinking those fruit-flavored wine coolers, switch to Bourbon.

 
James Brown and The Grateful Dead are about as congruous as orange juice and toothpaste.
They're the 1910 Fruitgum Company ( ...or maybe The Strawberry Alarm Clock) of the millennium.

You can be healed from listening to music like this, ust like any other disease. Take 2 James Browns and a Grateful Dead (just one!) and call me when you come to. And ...stop drinking those fruit-flavored wine coolers, switch to Bourbon.
Autotune neo-grunge
 oldsaxon wrote:

I believe your name sums up my opinion of your comment.

 
+1 {#Yes}
A pile of pop - aint my coppa-tea
 oldsaxon wrote:

I believe your name sums up my opinion of your comment.

 
I'm with you, oldsaxon
 idiot_wind wrote:
Thsi song really sucks.

Over-produced.
Weak vocals.

Weak guitar playing.


Souless drivel.   

 
I believe your name sums up my opinion of your comment.
 chris_the_man wrote:
more and more i'm liking this,the guitars with this voice,magic.so many same dull male singers out there.but i like tom york's voice too,and muse.so if i'm a freak so be it.{#Jump}
 

Freaks unite!
more and more i'm liking this,the guitars with this voice,magic.so many same dull male singers out there.but i like tom york's voice too,and muse.so if i'm a freak so be it.{#Jump}
Thsi song really sucks.

Over-produced.
Weak vocals.

Weak guitar playing.


Souless drivel.   
You know it is a good day when RP plays two songs in a row that you rate 10.
 The lead break in this song gets my blood going  . . . turn it up every time!
 Hippostar wrote:


The singer is a dude?  Who knew.

 
THANK you.
 chris_the_man wrote:
It was just this voice that made me buy this record,I really like it, so different from so many other voices
 
And yet quite a lot like Billy Corgan not that this is such a bad thing, just sayin
from a 2 to a 1 - man i hate this guy's voice!
It was just this voice that made me buy this record,I really like it, so different from so many other voices
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Love the music, the singer makes me want to jump off a building.  Somebody is going to clean up doing cover versions of their songs with a dude that doesn't have such an annoying voice.
 

The singer is a dude?  Who knew.
Really liked this band until I saw Charles Manson singing. Now it's just creepy.
 rdo wrote:
Good music does not demand an explanation.  Some things just are. Can you respect that?
 
I respect your comment, rdo.  I never thought before that this singer's voice was breathy or could be considered annoying. I like this song just the way it is.  For me, a solid 8
Love the music, the singer makes me want to jump off a building.  Somebody is going to clean up doing cover versions of their songs with a dude that doesn't have such an annoying voice.
You know it is a good day when RP is playing your favorite iTunes playlist.  Two 10s in a row!!
The singer is way too breathy.  Dislike.
Good music does not demand an explanation.  Some things just are. Can you respect that?
 Dahlia_Gumbo wrote:

Singer: Inhaled a little helium?

{#Stupid}
 
I think he did that song "Teenage Dirtbag" before ;-)
sounds a bit like the smashing pumpkins imo
My hobbies fav at the moment and it's growing on me too
Never heard of them - I like it a lot - reminds me of Heatmeiser.
{#Guitarist}    {#Drummer}  - I'd go see them just to see Chris wail on them drums!!
 Zojila wrote:
SilverSuns really grow on you. It's actually pretty trippy music! (Now play a Younger Brother...Flock of Beeps era!) 
 
 
You are right - Flock of Bleeps would fit well. . . I'd load some up but I think there is zero chance of it being added here. . . 
SilverSuns really grow on you. It's actually pretty trippy music! (Now play a Younger Brother...Flock of Beeps era!) 
 
I always think of "Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games" by Of Montreal when I hear this song.
damn, the guitar at first made me think this was a stones song.

Singer: Inhaled a little helium?

{#Stupid}
VERY GOOD.
Like it, but kinda getting tired of it.
 fredriley wrote:
I love this album to bits - not a duff track on it, minimum rating 8. Another band I'd never have even got a sniff of if not for RP.
 
Agreed. Great album, nice flow. CG's drumming really keeps it together and propels it, along with BA's driving distorted guitar!
If only they had a different singer. (Steve Perry and Jon Anderson need not apply.)
Another example of how a singer can completely ruin a song for me. His voice sounds suitable enough for one of those teenage bands. The song isn't bad, but can't stand it :-)
I don't even necessarily dislike this song or band. But I don't feel they need to be played multiple times each day as they are. {#Snooty}
"9"
 fredriley wrote:
The video for this on YouTube is ... interesting, especially for straight males :o)

I love this album to bits - not a duff track on it, minimum rating 8. Another band I'd never have even got a sniff of if not for RP.
 

Thanks for the link - this is one male who found it interesting...song sounded good on the second listen too!
seems to remind me of several bands, some of which I can't remember the names of right now (old age?)...but despite that, or perhaps because of it I quite like this on first listen.
 terrapin52 wrote:
I bet these guys braid each other's hair backstage.
 
{#Lol}
bumped from 1 to 5. ...odd.
 pinnyrat wrote:
DOWNGRADING~!!
 



Upgrading (and bought the album)
DOWNGRADING~!!
very nice!
Dork rock.
 jagdriver wrote:
As I much as I initially liked this group, this guy's voice gets really tiring after awhile. I think I'm about over them.
 

A lot of people used to say the same about Billy Corrigan.  I think these guys try to emulate the Pumpkins.  It's a good thing.  I don't think they are in the same league though. But they are pretty good.
 terrapin52 wrote:
I bet these guys braid each other's hair backstage.
 
{#Roflol}

I bet these guys braid each other's hair backstage.
The video for this on YouTube is ... interesting, especially for straight males :o)

I love this album to bits - not a duff track on it, minimum rating 8. Another band I'd never have even got a sniff of if not for RP.
 gemtag wrote:
A fine song. 
 
Damned fine song. 
Nice tune from a great album! Even better live - caught them in Peoria and St. Louis - can't wait for the new album!
catchy 
A fine song. 
ditto times two!

 
robbiethet wrote:
This one grows & grows on me.  The album's fantastic.  In the old days, I'd wear out the vinyl.  I can't recommend this one enough.  Thanx you Radio Paradise guys for continuing my music education!
 


Thought this was 'Wheatus' very similar and a nice sound...



 dogdokken wrote:
Similar guitar riff to Silver Train off of Goat Head's Soup by that one band from the UK, forgot their name, the one with the one dude from that one Pirates of the Caribe movie.
 
The Mock Turtles?

This one grows & grows on me.  The album's fantastic.  In the old days, I'd wear out the vinyl.  I can't recommend this one enough.  Thanx you Radio Paradise guys for continuing my music education!
the guitar could seem foo fighters but the voice arrrgh ...bland teenage band?...bleeh {#Eyes}
Similar guitar riff to Silver Train off of Goat Head's Soup by that one band from the UK, forgot their name, the one with the one dude from that one Pirates of the Caribe movie.
still: GOOD. :-)
 jagdriver wrote:
As I much as I initially liked this group, this guy's voice gets really tiring after awhile. I think I'm about over them.
 
Done deal. I'm over them.

MUTE 
GOOD. makes me want to visit L.A. again.
 V-bro wrote:
Wonderful!{#Clap}

Okay, singer sounds a bit like a faggot, but it doesn't bother me at all...
My queer friends range from squeaky to basso profundo, must be the water in your neighborhood! Not sure about the lumberjack next door though...

when did dislike get so popular? these guys jam!
 Webfoot wrote:


Really??  Would you like it more if he had a sex-change operation?? 

I like the song regardless of the singers genitalia.

 

Agree! What seems to be the issue? Who cares: what's important is that one likes the song regardless ones physical features (e.g. voice) or being hetero, gay or whatever!


As I much as I initially liked this group, this guy's voice gets really tiring after awhile. I think I'm about over them.
 V-bro wrote:
Wonderful!{#Clap}

Okay, singer sounds a bit like a faggot, but it doesn't bother me at all...
 
He sounds like a cigarette? Weird, but okay... whatever. {#Rolleyes}
Wonderful!{#Clap}

Okay, singer sounds a bit like a faggot, but it doesn't bother me at all...
I think a number of listeners to this station need better speakers.The singer does NOT sound female. His voice is a bit higher pitched than that of many male singers, but female? Not hardly.
 tbaloney619 wrote:
This is a male singer?  Oh oh - I might not like it as much as I thought.
 

Really??  Would you like it more if he had a sex-change operation?? 

I like the song regardless of the singers genitalia.

This era of music is done for me I'm afraid. {#Beat}
one of my favorite SSPs songs.  makes me rock out no matter where I am :){#Bananajam}
This is a male singer?  Oh oh - I might not like it as much as I thought.
 Welly wrote:
{#Puke}utterly derivative. 
 

Love the vague, meaningless commentary often accompanied by the {#Puke}.  Speaks more about the author.
 Welly wrote:
{#Puke}utterly derivative. 
 
Everything is derivative of something.  There is very little new under the sun.

 zipper wrote:

you and every 12-year old girl.

 
Good tune, regardless of whoever else likes it - and I don't think 12-year-olds purchased this album much.

Taken out of context, your sentence has a kind of creepy connotation - I know that was not what you meant, just sayin'.


This group is growing on me.

6 to 7


When this guys comes out the other side of puberty he might just have a fairly decent voice.
This is good for your ears, or? :)
 Welly wrote:
{#Puke}utterly derivative. 
 
Of what? Do tell. Just saying that X is derivative is like asking 'how many dogs?' . And 'derivative' is not in itself an insult - after thousands of years of human music making all music derives from earlier music, so saying a song is "derivative" is like saying that night is dark.

There's a video of this on YouTube which will be of particular interest to many str8 male viewers, I'm sure.


{#Puke}utterly derivative. 
Love SP!
 ziakut wrote:
This is steadily growing on me. Good tune...so far I like this 'Swoon' album a lot. Anyone else think that any of their other stuff is like this? If so, I'll have to dive in soon.
 
By all means if you like Swoon, you'll love their earlier album Carnavas - it's excellent!

This is steadily growing on me. Good tune...so far I like this 'Swoon' album a lot. Anyone else think that any of their other stuff is like this? If so, I'll have to dive in soon.
Great song to get your ass in gear in the morning.
Great soundscapes from this band - his voice sounds more edgy on this track.
I love their song Rusted Wheel from the album Carnavas, and Growing old is getting old from this latest release.
When I first heard them, I thought it was a girl singing.
 
Ooo - more. I've only heard a coupld of songs, but now I know these kids can rock, too.  I like it a lot. {#Dancingbanana_2}
Great Voice!
More SP on RP, please! 
triple yuck
 narc wrote:
... a pretty good set this morning.
 

MONTREAL - centre of the world!

Silversun Pickups!

Between WELTKLASSE and KREISKLASSE!


Along with Stereophonics, it's a pretty good set thiis morning.
 teapot wrote:
I've been trying to like this band for several years. I never liked Smashing Pumpkins, and that's what this guy's voice sounds like to me. Help me to understand...
 
My GF's first comment, after I played this CD to her in the car, was that the band were very reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins, though they can't be that close to them as I can't be doing with the SPs. It's the percussion and distinctive voice that really makes this CD stand out from the crowd IMO. I wish I could understand the lyrics a bit more, though maybe I'm 30 years too old to do so :(


 teapot wrote:
I've been trying to like this band for several years. I never liked Smashing Pumpkins, and that's what this guy's voice sounds like to me. Help me to understand...
 
He's not even close to whininess of Corgan. {#Snooty}
 teapot wrote:
I've been trying to like this band for several years. I never liked Smashing Pumpkins, and that's what this guy's voice sounds like to me. Help me to understand...
 
Do or do not; there is no try.
Dig the arpeggiated fuzz guitar thingy right before the bridge.  Cool stuff.
I've been trying to like this band for several years. I never liked Smashing Pumpkins, and that's what this guy's voice sounds like to me. Help me to understand...
 kaybee wrote:

Dammit!  Now I'll be thinking of Cartmann every time I listen to this group!  Why, Hippostar, why??!!!   Grumpy
 
You hit the nail the on the head Hippostar! {#Yell}
 Hippostar wrote:


This is who I hear when I hear this singer.
 
Dammit!  Now I'll be thinking of Cartmann every time I listen to this group!  Why, Hippostar, why??!!!   Grumpy
I like this. It's been a year since we've heard Lazy Eye. Bill, bring it back (please). {#Bananajam}
Weakest song on a great album.
I like most of what I've heard from these guys (and girl), but this one seems a bit underwhelming.
7 -> 8.
This band is going to be in for a big change when the singer hits puberty.
I try to like this band, but I find the breathy whispering vaguely off putting. The actual singing at the end of this song is not bad.
 themotion wrote:
This song is why I purchased this album. 
 
you and every 12-year old girl.

 Hippostar wrote:


This is who I hear when I hear this singer.
 

Screw you guys.... I'm going home.


This is who I hear when I hear this singer.
Such a great band
Wow, I happen to be really into this band right now.  Thanks RP.  So lovely to hear.  I love their sound.{#Tongue}