Silverstein has always been one of the more underrated "post-hardcore" bands in our scene. Despite moderate success over the years and some truly fantastic albums, the Ontario quintet has never seemed to garner as much respect or appreciation as their material deserves. With the band releasing its seventh studio album This Is How The Wind Shifts tomorrow (as well as chatting with us later tonight at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST), I wanted to show some love to the band on this week's "Countdown." The band has evolved and refined its post-hardcore sound over the course of its 13 year career - the band sounds unrecognizable on its debut When Broken Is Easily Fixed. The growth and progress in Silverstein's songwriting is one of the main reasons why the band hasn't faded away like many of its contemporaries. So, please check out my five favorite albums from the band while you count the hours down to the chat tonight. And feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree with me while giving us your favorite Silverstein albums as well.
Great list. I started to love them thanks to the music video of Smashed Into Pieces, which I saw on a local TV. It was literally the song that got me into post-hardcore. I loved Waterfront and Shipwreck when they came out, and spinned them endlessly. However, my music tastes shifted since then and I don't listen to them nearly as much anymore. I don't know if I even checked their last album out, I will be checking "Wind" for sure, though...
This Is How The Wind Shifts and Rescue are their best matieral to date. I've always been a fan of this band and I've loved every single release that they've ever put out, but not as much as the aforementioned records. It's just like they have found their definitive sound: a perfect cross of furious, fast paced hardcore and soaring melodies. They've really stepped up their game, not many bands who were relevant in the emo/post hardcore scene of the mid-'00s have been able to improve just like Silverstein, maybe only Senses Fail and a few other acts.
AbsolutePunk has always been my favorite music site, and Drew, I have always enjoyed your reviews the most, but DANG, I don't think my respect for you guys could be any higher right now!! Silverstein has been my favorite band ever since I randomly found Still Dreaming on iTunes. Sure, I haven't been a fan since Broken but, I know their discography like the back my hand, I went to the Decade show in Canada, and refrained myself from even listening to This Is How The Wind Shifts until its proper release tomorrow. For me, this list is great, but mine would be a little different:
5) Arrivals and Departures 4) Rescue, 3) Short Songs, 2)Discovering The Waterfront, 1) Shipwreck In The Sand.
But, of course, I haven't listened to This Is How yet, so according to many many sources that will probably fill my number one spot and push Arrivals off the list! I can't wait till tonight, and, if I could, I would hold my breath until tomorrow to keep from screaming with anticipation. CAN'T WAIT!!!
Somehow the new record opened up the door for me on Silverstein. I'd never really given them a good listen before, but now - well damn, I've fallen in love with all of the above records. And they're not wrong about the newest being the best, This is How the Wind Shifts is already one of my favourite albums ever.