Silversun Pickups and Irving play sold-out gigs

It’s an LA lovefest - but there are a few problems

Los Angeles favourite Silversun Pickups and Irving played two sold-out shows at the Troubadour in Hollywood – despite being plagued by techical difficulties.

The bands played the venue over the weekend (December 16/17) – and after a trouble-free first night, things went slighly awry on Sunday.

“We went through the first song with the entire stage-right sans power,” said Irving drummer Brent Turner. “By the end of the first song it was clear the power wasn’t coming back up, so Steven (Scott) and Aaron (Burrows) took to singing their guitar and key parts respectively into the microphone. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the never-give-up approach.”

Similar problems haunted the Silversun Pickups. The Silver Lake quartet invited audience members onstage for an impromptu joke-telling session to fill the void while the sound was repaired. “The whiskey’s working great, but nothing else seems to be,” joked singer Brian Aubert. The band quickly resumed the show and played a few extended, bass-heavy jams before calling it a night.

It’s been a busy month for the Silversun Pickups, who played a live set last week on NPR’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’, one of the most syndicated radio shows in the US. They also preformed on The Late Show With David Letterman on December 1.

Pop-rockers Irving, who have opened for the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Arcade Fire and the Polyphonic Spree, supported the Silversun Pickups with an energetic set despite the sound challenges.

–By our Los Angeles staff. Find out more about NME.