Release Date: Feb 5, 2013
Record label: Hopeless
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
"‘TIHTWS’ is the sound of band who know what they are good at and are good at what they know, and there’s nothing wrong with that." Silverstein’s latest effort sees the seminal post-hardcore crew following much the same sing / scream formula they have for the past decade-and-a-bit. This is no bad thing. Which of their peers can claim to have released an album as engaging and intense as when they first put music to tape over a decade ago? Exactly, so while some will be disappointed that it fails to be the game changer it never promised to be, ‘TIHTWS’ is the sound of band who know what they are good at and are good at what they know, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Silverstein deliver a fatalistic concept album on This Is How the Wind Shifts, their sixth album and first without longtime guitarist Neil Boshart. Essentially two sets of seven songs, the album explores the way little changes can alter events, telling one story in the first half of the album and then altering it in an analogous track in the latter portion, playing out like a post-hardcore retelling of the film Sliding Doors. The album works both musically and conceptually, offering up a collection of high-energy songs with a narrative that fans will be eager to dive into, and also showing that a little thing like losing a guitarist isn't enough to slow Silverstein down.