Hard to believe that the band I saw perform on a restaurant patio last year in Austin during SXSW in front of 15 people has now sold over 110,000 copies of it’s debut full length but that’s just what the Silversun Pickups have done. And, along the way, they’ve managed to do the late night talk show circuit (Letterman, Leno, Carson Daly) and open for heavy weights such as Wolfmother and Snow Patrol.
Silversun Pickups will add the Jimmy Kimmel show to their resume when they perform several songs on his show on Tuesday, April 17 before heading off to play the mainstage at Coachella on April 27. From there the band will do a series of headlining shows as well as appearing on a few radio station-sponsored festival dates.
I’ve had the opportunity to chat with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol twice – once over the phone, once via email – and found him to be one of the most open musicians that I’ve ever dealt with. His responses to my questions have been well thought out, informative, and often very witty. Most recently, I sent off 15 or so questions to his publicist towards the tail end of 2006. And then I waited. And waited. And waited. And when it finally seemed like the questions were lost in never never land, I get a very length reply with answers better than I could have hoped for. These questions were answered just before Snow Patrol hit the road with OKGo and Silversun Pickups (this tour wraps up in the U.S. on April 6).
Before getting to the Q&A, take a listen to Snow Patrol’s contribution to the Spiderman 3 soundtrack, “Signal Fire”. Yeah, I know, EVERY blogger and music website out there was serviced with this stream, but you might as well take a listen as you read the interview. (WindowsMedia) (Quicktime)
Why “Atomic Ned”? It really has nothing to do with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, I was more of a Jesus Jones fan in the early ’90s. No, the name came from a random nickname generator that my friend Pete sent me a link to after declaring “If you’re going to play on our softball team, you need to have a nickname.” I knew that I’d have to use the “Atomic Ned” name for something and shortly thereafter I started a blogger page named “Atomic Ned”. I met Robert Duffy of Donewaiting.com and a few months later he asked me to move my “Atomic Ned” blog to his site, which I did. Duffy did away with all of the individual columns about a year ago and that was the temporary end to “Atomic Ned”. But I decided to bring it back and blow it up and that’s why this site is called “Atomic Ned”. It really doesn’t mean anything but it’s a name that’s stuck with me for a few years and I couldn’t think of anything better!