Carnavas

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Carnavas
Studio album by Silversun Pickups
Released July 25, 2006 (2006-07-25)
Recorded January - April 2006 at Beer Wine Fish, Echo Park; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock, dream pop, shoegaze
Length 55:54
67:50 (Japanese/vinyl release)
Label Dangerbird
Producer Dave Cooley
Silversun Pickups chronology
Pikul
(2005)
Carnavas
(2006)
Swoon
(2009)
Singles from Carnavas
  1. "Future Foe Scenarios"
    Released: May 21, 2007 (2007-05-21)
  2. "Well Thought Out Twinkles"
    Released: July 16, 2007 (2007-07-16)
  3. "Lazy Eye"
    Released: September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17)
  4. "Little Lover's So Polite"
    Released: February 12, 2008 (2008-02-12)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Music Emissions 5/5 stars[2]
IGN (9.1/10)[3]
Rocklouder 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (5.0/10)[6]

Carnavas is the debut studio album by alternative band Silversun Pickups. It was released on July 26, 2006. The title is an homage to lead guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert's Greek heritage.[7] Some suppliers were also given copies of The Tripwire Session: Live In Chicago, a four track EP.

The album generated two successful singles on the US Modern Rock chart. "Lazy Eye" hit #5 in 2007 and "Well Thought Out Twinkles" hit #9 in 2008. Carnavas has sold more than 350,000 copies.

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Well Thought Out Twinkles" is part of the soundtrack of skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, as well as being Downloadable Content for the games Rock Band and Rock Band 2 along with "Melatonin". Similarly, "Lazy Eye" is a playable song in both Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero World Tour. "Lazy Eye" is also featured on the Forza Horizon soundtrack, on the "Horizon Rocks" station.[8] "Lazy Eye" has also featured in television advertising for New World supermarkets in New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Silversun Pickups (Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Joe Lester, Christopher Guanlao). 

No. Title Length
1. "Melatonin"   4:04
2. "Well Thought Out Twinkles"   4:02
3. "Checkered Floor"   4:51
4. "Little Lover's So Polite"   4:58
5. "Future Foe Scenarios"   5:20
6. "Waste It On"   4:13
7. "Lazy Eye"   5:54
8. "Rusted Wheel"   6:00
9. "Dream at Tempo 119"   4:51
10. "Three Seed"   5:40
11. "Common Reactor"   6:01
12. "Mercury" (Japanese/vinyl bonus track) 5:38
13. "Table Scraps" (Japanese/vinyl bonus track) 6:18

The two bonus tracks come on a 7 inch in the vinyl format of the album, along with a card to download both the tracks online.

Personnel[edit]

  • Brian Aubert - guitar/vocals
  • Nikki Monninger - bass/backing vocals
  • Christopher Guanlao - drums
  • Joe Lester - keyboards
  • Dave Cooley - Producer
  • Tom Biller - Engineer
  • Tony Hoffer - Mixing

Artwork[edit]

The CD cover for Carnavas is a slightly edited partial image of artist Darren Waterston's 2004 painting entitled Summit. The inlay, also featured on the Silversun Pickups' website and Myspace page, is titled "Becoming Tree".

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Country Chart Peak position
2007 United States Billboard 200 80
2007 Australia Aria Charts 80
2007 United States Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
2007 United States Billboard Top Independent Albums 5

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak position
2006 "Little Lover's So Polite" Peru Weekly Charts 10
Peru Year-End Charts 81
2007 "Lazy Eye" Peru Weekly Charts 2
Billboard Modern Rock 5
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 2
Billboard Pop 100 91
Billboard Modern Rock Songs (Year-End Charts) 17
Peru Weekly Charts 2
Peru Year-End Charts 20
Triple J Hottest 100 28
2008 "Well Thought Out Twinkles" Billboard Modern Rock 9

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