Background Information
Origin Burlington, Ontario
Genre Post-Hardcore[1][2]
Years active 2000-present
Label(s) Victory
Shane Told
Paul Koehler
Bill Hamilton
Neil Boshart
Josh Bradford
Former Members
Richard McWalter
Craig Stinson
William Barker

Silverstein (pronounced Silver-steen) is a five-piece post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, whose music is sometimes mistaken as screamo, though the band, particularly Paul Koehler, rejects this label.[3] The band name was taken from the famous children's author Shel Silverstein.

History[edit | edit source]

Early years (2000-2002)[edit | edit source]

Silverstein formed in january of 2000[4]. During that same year, they self-released their first EP, Summer's Stellar Gaze[5]. After several lineup changes, the band acquired Billy Hamilton, a local fan who learned of the band's need for a bassist on the Internet message board "The 905 Board" (an Ontario area outreach board which used to be for local musicians). In Christmas of 2001, he joined the band after Told helped him learn the music for the songs. Following a rehearsal on Boxing Day (December 26) in 2001, he officially debuted with Silverstein. The next spring, original guitarist Richard McWalter left the band to move to Victoria, British Columbia to study engineering. He was then replaced by Neil Boshart, childhood friend of Shane Told. The new lineup recorded a second EP, When the Shadows Beam, in preparation for their first tour in Eastern Canada. The band signed to Victory Records in October 2002 with a complete lineup as Hamilton attempted to complete his secondary education one semester early.

When Broken Is Easily Fixed (2003-2004)[edit | edit source]

The January after, the band recorded their full-length debut CD When Broken Is Easily Fixed, released on the Victory Records label.

"Silverstein's Victory debut is a jarring mixture of emo's earnest determination, elements of hardcore, and the heaviest of heavy metal. While vocalist Shane Told delivers lines like "How can I say I love you back, you never made me happy" in a cracked, soaring singing voice, When Broken Is Easily Fixed actually begins with a ragged scream that's as arresting as his singing is plaintive. Musically, the LP is dominated by the dynamic shifts and driving melodies of emo. But Silverstein's membership was derived from existing hardcore, metal, and punk squads, and these influences are never very far from view. "Last Days of Summer" begins as a June day ends, with shuffling percussion and gently strummed guitars. But just as the fragile strains of a violin drift in, Told's growling, scarred alter ego appears behind his singing self. The song's structure breaks apart, and re-forms as a churning post-hardcore anthem driven by his scarred, screaming id. The track gives way to the scathing hardcore of "Bleeds No More," but even its furious rhythms aren't safe from Silverstein's experimental touch -- its bridge features an atmospheric interlude complete with programming and additional violin. Things get even more bipolar with "The Weak and the Wounded," on which Told's two sides duet before the track bursts through the storm clouds into a gliding chorus. But all is not well. "Love in my eyes, lust in my heart," Told sings, only to sneer finally "I made it all up. Lies, deceit empowers me." When Broken Is Easily Fixed is a rousing, cathartic record that effectively blurs the lines between emo, hardcore, and metal. It drags the listener behind the car on an emotional roller coaster that teeters on rotting wood. For your own safety, keep your hands and arms away from the stereo at all times. - Johnny Loftus, Allmusic[6]

Discovering the Waterfront (2005-2006)[edit | edit source]

In 2005 the band performed on the Never Sleep Again Tour with bands such as Aiden, Hawthorne Heights and Bayside—a tour during which Bayside's drummer John "Beatz" Holohan would be killed in a car accident. In January-February 2006, they toured with fellow Canadians Simple Plan in Europe. They then toured Canada with the Taste of Chaos Tour, and also toured Europe, Japan, and Australia.

The band toured on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, in support of their studio album Discovering the Waterfront and a compilation album, 18 Candles: The Early Years. The Early years compiles the band's first two self-financed EPs with some acoustic and live material as well as a remix of "Discovering The Waterfront" hit "Smile In Your Sleep". Discovering the Waterfront was re-released in September 2006 with an extra song, the band's cover of Lifetime's "Rodeo Clown" and a DVD.

In 2006, Silverstein was nominated for a Juno Award in the "Best New Band" category, but lost to Bedouin Soundclash. [7]

In Fall 2006, they headlined the Never Shave Again Tour, along with Aiden, It Dies Today, and He Is Legend.[8]

Arrivals and Departures (2007-2008)[edit | edit source]

The band's third full-length album, Arrivals And Departures, was released on July 3, 2007, and was designated by AP Magazine as one of the most eagerly anticipated CDs of 2007. Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, Finch) produced the CD. As of early August, the CD had sold 62,000 copies.

Silverstein contributed a new acoustic version of their song "Red Light Pledge" to the Punk Goes Acoustic 2 compilation, released May 8, 2007 through Fearless Records.[9]

Following completion of their third CD, the band played a few shows in the spring, and then engaged in an all-summer tour with Rise Against. The band toured the United States in Fall 2007 with From Autumn to Ashes and then went on a month-long European tour with Blessthefall.

Following tours of Australia and Japan in January 2008, the band played their first "Cross-Canada" headlining tour with Protest the Hero, Ill Scarlett and The Devil Wears Prada, which sold out across the country. They recently completed a U.S. tour with A Day to Remember, Protest the Hero and The Devil Wears Prada. Protest the Hero dropped off the Tour and Pierce the Veil took over for them on a few show dates. After heavy touring for their album, Arrivals and Departures, in Canada, the US, the UK, and other areas in Europe during late 2007 and early 2008, which included the band's 1000th show in Paris, France, the band took the summer off. In a news post on their site, Silverstein's Paul Koehler said the band was "taking a bit of downtown time to write a new album!"

In October and November 2008, the band toured the United States (with a final show in Toronto) with Chiodos, Escape The Fate, Alesana, and A Skylit Drive, during which they performed the newly-written song "Broken Stars", also made available as a demo on their Myspace page. They band played a South American tour in February followed by one show in Hawaii and festival dates in Australia.

A Shipwreck in the Sand (2009-present)[edit | edit source]

On December 14, 2008, the band announced by Myspace bulletin that its fourth CD would hit stores on March 31, 2009. The name of the new CD, A Shipwreck in the Sand, was announced on January 29, 2009, when the band concluded a viral marketing campaign by revealing the track listing at the album website. A demo version of one song, "Broken Stars" from the new CD had been put on the band's Myspace in late 2008 and played during their final U.S. tour in support of "Arrivals and Departures". A clip of a second song, "Vices", was also made available on Myspace, as occurred with the songs "Born Dead" and "American Dream." [10][11] On March 17, the band filmed a music video for "Vices" with director Robby Starbuck. Later, on March 23, 2009, the band posted the full album to stream on their official MySpace page.

An iTunes bonus track version of the album includes four cover songs, Help (The Beatles cover), Go Your Own Way (Fleetwood Mac Cover), Three Miles Down (Saves The Day cover), and Total Bummer (NOFX cover).[12]

Silverstein contributed a cover version of "Apologize", originally recorded by OneRepublic, to the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album.[13]

After three shows in Ontario, the band embarked on a U.S. tour with Norma Jean, Before Their Eyes, and blessthefall. [14] The band has announced several European dates for May 2009.

Members[edit | edit source]

Current members[edit | edit source]

  • Shane Told – lead vocals, occasional guitar
  • Neil Boshart – lead guitar
  • Josh Bradford – rhythm guitar
  • Bill Hamilton – bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Koehler – drums, percussion

Former members[edit | edit source]

  • Richard McWalter – guitar
  • Craig Stinson - bass guitar
  • William Barker - bass guitar

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Title Release Date Label U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Top Independent Albums
When Broken Is Easily Fixed May 20, 2003 Victory Records 45
Discovering the Waterfront August 16, 2005 Victory Records 34 3
Arrivals & Departures July 3, 2007 Victory Records 25 1
A Shipwreck in the Sand March 31, 2009 Victory Records 33 3

EPs[edit | edit source]

Compilations[edit | edit source]

Title Release Date Label U.S. Billboard 200 Peak Top Independent Albums
18 Candles: The Early Years May 30, 2006 Victory Records 148 10

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
Hot 100 Modern Rock Tracks
2004 "Giving Up" - - When Broken is Easily Fixed
2005 "Smashed Into Pieces" - -
2006 "Smile in Your Sleep" - - Discovering the Waterfront
2006 "Discovering the Waterfront" - -
2006 "My Heroine" - -
2007 "If You Could See Into My Soul" - - Arrivals & Departures
2008 "Still Dreaming" - -
2009 "Vices"[15] A Shipwreck In The Sand

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

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