Release Date: May 19, 2015
Record label: Rise Records
Most post-hardcore bands that formed 15 years ago are now resigned to playing reunion tours. But the secret to Silverstein’s success has always been their ability to merge heavier influences into the pop paradigm, without allowing either side to seem out of place. As such, on their eighth album, radio-friendly rocker like “Je Me Souviens” (hey, they’re from Ontario) is an unexpectedly heavy moment.
More than any of their peers in the early 2000s movement colloquially known as "screamo," Silverstein have managed to stay relevant. While the majority of the other scream/sing crews have either broken up or been relegated to playing anniversary tours, Silverstein have continued to release relevant material. Sure, they did a ten year anniversary tour for Discovering the Waterfront, but that trek was sandwiched between the Burlington band's best effort since that 2005 sophomore smash, 2013's This Is How the Wind Shifts, and this year's I Am Alive In Everything I Touch.
"Giving Up" and "Smashed Into Pieces" were big parts of my high-school Victory Records-era alongside Thursday, Hawthorne Heights and Taking Back Sunday. Now, it's safe to say when it comes to bands like Silverstein, whatever you may have liked about them are almost certain to be left back a decade ago. But if you're nostalgic and open-minded, maybe these novelty items could muster just enough magic to offer you something more than just a trip down memory lane.