Silversun Pickups are not the type to vainly exhaust their indie cred, even when announcing their first album in four years.
The band announced on its website Wednesday that its new record, "Better Nature," will be released Sept. 25. The follow-up to 2012's "Neck of the Woods," "Better Nature" marks Silversun Pickups' first album after leaving Los Angeles independent label Dangerbird to start their own, New Machine Recordings.
To record the new album, the band returned to Topanga Canyon to work with Irish producer Jacknife Lee, known for his work on U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," as well as Taylor Swift's "Red" album. The band recorded "Neck of the Woods" with Lee as well.
Silversun Pickups seem fully aware they've been missing from the scene for a while, letting fans know: "Songs are being dusted off. Instruments are being tuned. Tours are being planned."
The band has been steadily climbing the ranks of the indie rock scene for more than a decade, mixing frontman Brian Aubert's layered guitar riffs and airy vocals with the animated backbeats from drummer Christopher Guanlao. All three of the band's studio albums, beginning with 2006's "Carnavas," reached the top 10 of the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart, and "Neck of the Woods" marked another high point with main stage festival appearances, including Sasquatch.
The band will release the self-described "incandescent" new single "Nightlife" on Aug. 6, with a video directed by Mark Pellington.
The band's next live show will be a headline gig at FM 94.9's Independence Jam on Sept. 12 in Oceanside.