Photo by: Brooks Reynolds
As Toronto post-hardcore veterans SILVERSTEIN ready themselves to co-headline the tenth anniversary of The Take Action Tour (kicking off April 22nd in Boston), anticipation behind the band’s fifth studio album, RESCUE, continues to build. Backed by new label Hopeless Records, Rescue hits streets on April 26th, but excited fans can get a taste of the new album by streaming “Intervention” exclusively at RevolverMag.com: http://goo.gl/KBrdN. Following the co-headlining run with Bayside on the Take Action Tour, with support from Polar Bear Club, The Swellers and Texas In July, Silverstein head to Europe for world renowned festivals such as Rock Im Park/Rock Am Ring Festivals in Germany, Greenfield Festival in Switzerland, Nova Rock Festival in Austria, and Download Festival in the UK (see all tour dates below). Pre-orders of Rescue are available at www.silversteinmusic.com/preorder.html and various limited edition items such as t-shirts and vinyl.
Written with a conscious effort to retain the sound that helped Silverstein become scene staples (and sell over one million records), Rescue also finds the quintet writing songs that would become even more explosive in the live setting. Playing many of these new songs for the first time in front fans on this upcoming tour and festival dates, Silverstein vocalist Shane Told says, “We wrote a lot of these songs strictly by feel, not worrying about proper song structure, but over the years we’ve improved immensely in terms of songwriting and playing. We have so much live experience now, and we know what songs will come across better live, and that’s reflected in our song writing too.”
From the opening riffs of album opener “Medication” to album closer and ballad “In Memory Of…” (written about the death of Told’s cousin), Rescue is filled with driving melodies, intricate guitar work, pounding drums and Told’s ability to shift from a croon to a roar at the drop of a dime that fans have come to expect from Silverstein, yet the songs sound refreshingly creative and new. “With Rescue we took more chances than we ever have, but I think it really paid off, and I think it made this record really stand out,” he admits. “I think these songs translate better live than anything we’ve done before.”
Backed by new label Hopeless Records, Silverstein teamed up with a new producer, Jordan Valeriote, to record demos. Having worked with legendary producer Cameron Webb for a number of years (“If anyone is the 6th member of our band it is Cameron,” Told admits) Silverstein demoed a number of songs with Valeriote and “were blown away by the sounds he was getting and his work ethic.” When it came time to track the album, Silverstein sent the music to Webb, and after being impressed with the recordings himself, Webb supported the band’s decision to work with Valeriote, while he mixed Rescue.
With the release of Rescue, it was an easy decision to have Silverstein co-headline this year’s Take Action Tour, organized by Hopeless’ 501c3 non-profit organization Sub City. “We’ve always been a band that ultimately presents a positive message,” comments Told. “Whether we are trying to improve ourselves, or helping other people whether it be small or big, we are essentially rescuing ourselves or others from a place of negativity, to a more positive place. This album is all about self-improvement, self-realization, and doing your part to help yourself and those around you.”
Silverstein is Shane Told (Vocals / Guitar), Neil Boshart (Guitar), Josh Bradford (Guitar), Billy Hamilton (Bass), and Paul Koehler (Drums). Their fifth album RESCUE will be released by Hopeless Records on April 26, 2011.http://twitter.com/silverstein