This past Friday night local music heroes and international rock pheromones Silversun Pickups took the famed Wiltern Theatre by storm. Packed to the brim with new and old fans alike, the famed venue had a sold-out show that easily went down as the best concerts of 2020 thus far.
Australian newcomers Eliza & The Deliusionals opened up the night with a savory array of indie rock that invigorated the music-hungry crowd. Covered in blue lights, frontwoman Eliza dazzled the Wiltern with tracks such as “Cigarette”, a hyper-upbeat indie rock ballad that showcased the band’s musicality.
As the band continued to perform, more and more patrons filled the loosely compacted floor, eagerly aching to find out who Eliza & The Delusions truly was. Songs such as “Just Exist” and “Half Empty Girl” helped the band conclude their set on a high note, magnetizing the audience and holding their attention all the way to the set change.
Shortly after 9 PM, the stars of the evening gently walked across the blacked-out stage as thunderous applause emitted throughout the venue. Lead singer and guitarist Brian Aubert, keyboardist Joe Lester, drummer Christopher Guanlao and bassist Nikki Monninger, altogether known as Silversun Pickups, locked to their instruments and began what would be a sensational set of music.
“Neon Wound”, the first track off the band’s most recently released album Widow’s Weeds, was the first song the band performed. With its earthy vibe and surreal instrumentation, the band quickly set the tone for the night.
Fan favorites such as “Panic Switch”, “Freakazoid”, and “The Royal We” quickly followed and caused the energy to continue to rise. Set against a wall of twinkly lights, the band has perfect the art of invigorating the crowd. At one point during the night, lead singer Brian Aubert took a moment to thank the crowd for coming. He continued by saying “First of all if you were to tell me years ago when we started this band, here, in this city [of Los Angeles], if you were to tell me 20 years ago that we’d be playing a show here at the Wiltern, I’d tell you that you’re out of your f**king mind.”
After a plentiful amount of music graced the audience, the band retreated to the confines of the stage’s wings only to be pulled back for what would be an encore to remember. “Straw Man”, “Well Thought Out Twinkles” and the forever popular track “Lazy Eye” finished out the night with a bang.
It’s not rare for a native Los Angeles band to return to their home turf for a show. Tho returning and playing a sold-out venue such as the Wiltern can only be interpreted as a testament to music greatness. Congrats Silversun Pickups, you’ve reached a higher echelon. Please come back soon.
Photos by Bryan Greenberg