Also featured on Webster Hall’s blog.
Warm nostalgia was in the air when Silverstein entered the stage on Saturday night. Celebrating 15 years as a band and 10 years since their most recognized album Discovering the Water Front churned out the angst of love and loss, the post-hardcore group marked the occasion by reminiscing on past adventures in NYC and within Webster Hall. Consisting of lead vocalist and keyboardist Shane Told, guitarists Paul Marc Rousseau and Josh Bradford, bass guitarist Billy Hamilton, and drummer Paul Koehler it was great seeing them all interacting during the set.
Having sold over a million albums worldwide, the best thing about seasoned bands is their natural comfort on stage and their intimate knowledge of knowing exactly what the crowd wants. With up and comers Hands Like Houses and My Iron Lung opening for the band, they were able to present a few of their newest songs and discuss their new album before dedicating most of the set to Discovering the Water Front’s hit songs. The crowd chanted and sang along to classics like “Ides of March” and “My Dagger vs. Your Sword,” as the memories of being a teenager in the early 2000s fluttered in their minds. Ah, the angst! So many of us wanted to run screaming out of the suburbs and never come back.
Over the years Silverstein has developed a strong following in the States and have released a total of seven studio albums, three EPs, a compilation album and a live DVD/CD. Songs like “Already Dead” and “Call it Karma” are known to have pushed the post-hardcore genre further as it featured clear vocal melodies, harsher screams (or screamo) and heavy guitar breakdowns.
This won’t be the last time we see Silverstein in NYC with their new album titled I Am Alive In Everything I Touch coming out May 19, 2015.