It’s been 11 years since an independent artist ranked #1 on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Songs chart (Everlast’s “What It’s Like” hit #1 in December 1998) and today, Silversun Pickups are the proud title-holders. Lead single “Panic Switch,” from Swoon, has impressively jumped over tracks from Linkin Park and Green Day, which were also in the running. This is truly a triumphant day for Dangerbird Records and the band, as only three songs by artists on independently distributed labels have reached this position: The Offspring’s “Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)” [#1, July 1994], the aforementioned Everlast, and now Silversun Pickups this week.
As co-founder of Dangerbird Records, Jeff Castelaz appreciates the significance of infiltrating a predominantly major label-ruled chart. “’Panic Switch’ hitting number one proves that the moving parts of the rock and roll experience are in still good working order: great band, great song, great listener response,” he says.
The quartet is currently making their way across Europe and will return in August for festival appearances, as well as a string of newly announced tour dates (full itinerary below). Swoon continues to make strides at retail since its release April 14, already surpassing the 100k sales mark, with no signs of slowing down.
SILVERSUN PICKUPS LIVE SHOWS
August 2 – Jersey City, N.J. @ All Points West
August 3 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ram’s Head
August 4 – Richmond, Va. @ The National
August 9 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
August 28 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Outside Lands Festival
August 29 – San Diego, Calif. @ San Diego Street Scene