Carnavas is the debut studio album by alternative band Silversun Pickups. It was released on July 25, 2006. The title is an homage to lead guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert's Greek heritage.[10] Some suppliers were also given copies of The Tripwire Session: Live In Chicago, a four track EP.

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 25, 2006 (2006-07-25)
RecordedJanuary - April 2006 at Beer Wine Fish, Echo Park; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
67:50 (Japanese/vinyl release)
ProducerDave Cooley
Silversun Pickups chronology
Singles from Carnavas
  1. "Future Foe Scenarios"
    Released: May 21, 2007
  2. "Well Thought Out Twinkles"
    Released: July 16, 2007
  3. "Lazy Eye"
    Released: September 17, 2007
  4. "Little Lover's So Polite"
    Released: February 12, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
NME4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin3/5 stars[9]

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 500,000 copies and was certified gold on May 31, 2018.[11]

In popular cultureEdit

The song "Rusted Wheel" was used during the end credits roll of the film Puncture. The song "Well Thought Out Twinkles" is featured on the soundtrack of the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Proving Ground on top of 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. The song is also featured on the Forza Horizon soundtrack, on the "Horizon Rocks" station [12] and also featured in television advertising for New World supermarkets in New Zealand. The band has performed "Lazy Eye" on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Later With Jools Holland, and Last Call with Carson Daly.

The music video for "Lazy Eye" received airplay on MTV, MTV2, MTVU, VH1, Fuse, MuchMusic, MTV (Latin America), International Music Feed and many other international broadcast outlets. The popularity of the "Lazy Eye" music video led to the creation of a VH1 "Pop-Up Video" version [13] and it was among the MTV2 Subterranean "Viewers Top 20 Music Videos of 2007" list.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Silversun Pickups (Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Joe Lester, Christopher Guanlao).

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.


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


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".



Year Country Chart Peak position
2007 United States Billboard 200[15] 80
2007 Australia Aria Charts 80
2007 United States Billboard Top Heatseekers[16] 1
2007 United States Billboard Top Independent Albums[17] 5
2007 Belgium Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 84
2008 Japan Japanese Charts[19] 256


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


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Karan, Tim. "They love the '90s! - Silversun Pickups - Carnavas". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "IGN review". Archived from the original on 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
  4. ^ Clarke, Betty. "Silversun Pickups, Carnavas". The Guardian. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Silver, Dan. "Silversun Pickups". NME. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ Begrand, Adrien. "Silversun Pickups: Carnavas". PopMatters. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
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