Silversun Pickups Vs. Poor Old Lu

I have been listening to the Swoon from SSPU and it is an alternative gem.  They feel like King’s X at times in their crunching assault.  Brian Aubert’s vox reminds me very much of Scott Hunter of Poor Old Lu.

It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone – Silversun Pickups

Drenched Decent – Poor Old Lu

 Here is a discription of Silversun Pickups by WIKI:

The band’s sound, often encompassing multiple overdubs of distorted guitars, is frequently compared to that of The Smashing Pumpkins[4][5][6][7], while the band members have said they are heavily influenced by artists such as My Bloody Valentine, the Velvet Underground, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, Sweet, Modest Mouse, and Secret Machines as well as numerous other artists with lesser publicity; especially “by songs like ‘Rhinoceros‘ from Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins and ‘The Diamond Sea‘ from Washing Machine by Sonic Youth” (Nikki Monninger).

Poor Old Lu is RIP, but they are more than worthy to be revisited (From Wiki)

Poor Old Lu was a pioneering alternative Christian band based in the American Northwest. The band experimented with a variety of sounds and genres, particularly grunge, funk and psychedelic rock. The band consisted of Scott Hunter with the vocals, Jesse Sprinkle as the drummer for the band, Aaron Sprinkle as guitarist, and Nick Barber on bass. Scott was the lyricist who wrote on philosophical, metaphorical, and spiritually-oriented topics. Common themes in the lyrics include introspective struggles with identity and spirituality, struggles with a superficial, secular, and modern society, and hope for life abundant. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music calles the band “One of the most accomplished and creative Christian bands of the ’90s”.[1]

The name refers to a segment in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in which Lucy (‘Lu’), returns from Narnia and tells her brother, Peter. Peter doesn’t believe her story, however, and responded patronizingly, “Poor old Lu, hiding and nobody noticed.”[2]

While Poor Old Lu developed an extremely loyal following, it did not achieve wide popularity in Christian circles, due in part to its edgy sound and challenging lyrical content. The band addressed hypocritical televangelists, drug addiction, sexual guilt, domestic unrest and spiritual rebelliousness in its lyrics, topics generally considered taboo in Christian music.

~ by castleqwayr on June 12, 2009.

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