"Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)" is the new single from Silversun Pickups, off of their new album Neck of the Woods, set for release May 8 on Dangerbird Records.
The song is available for streaming off of their MySpace, as well as on YouTube (see below.) What is there to say about this new cut from one of Los Angeles' more successful rock products of recent years? For starters, this song will not do much to dissuade anyone of the opinion that this band is a shoegazy-er version of the Smashing Pumpkins. In fact, "Bloody Mary" sounds like it could have been off of the Pumpkins' last record (at least, the last one I choose to acknowledge) Machina. "Bloody Mary" did instantly bring this Pumpkins single to mind.
Is it possible that the Pumpkins and Silversun Pickups simply have to be mentioned together? "Bloody Mary" seems like the obvious continuation of a Machina-like sound, and contains a tunefulness not often found in '90s alt-rock. So if "Lazy Eye" is an obvious riff on "1979", then "Bloody Mary" is the logical progression. Whether that makes the music better or more limp is entirely up to your palette, but this song is soft even for Silversun Pickups. That could be a good thing for the band, if they are interested in selling copies of Neck of the Woods to a market where CD sales are comatose. But in a purely musical sense, "Bloody Mary" doesn't really do much that can be construed as interesting. Hopefully for them, Neck of the Woods doesn't mimic the results of the Pumpkins releasing Machina in 2000, causing everyone who held on after Adore to finally lose interest.
YouTube seems to have a mixed consensus on "Bloody Mary" as well, even though many users seem to love the song. Give 'er a listen here. The band will be touring in 2012 and 2013 to support Neck in the Woods, performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on release day, May 8.