Silverstein just wrapped up a huge US Tour run with contemporaries and friends August Burns Red. The band is touring in support of their 2 most recent records, Rescue, a full-length LP that came out in 2011, and their newest record, Short Songs, came out back in February (both on Hopeless Records). Short Songs is a cool concept album. Containing a total of 22 tracks (11 originals, 11 covers), every song is under 90 seconds in length; the album is a whole 19 minutes long. Shane said that the band wanted to do something different and challenging. Shane and I also got to talk about the state of post-hardcore and punk music, and what ingredient Silverstein is in today’s recipe of rock.
For a little over a decade, Silverstein has been one of the more diverse bands in the post-hardcore era, mixing elements of punk, heavy metal, and hardcore into a fresh blend of rock music. Their sophomore effort, Discovering the Waterfront, reached #34 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2005, the band headlined the Vans Warped Tour, making their debut on the main stage. Throughout their career, they have toured with bands such as A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada, Rise Against, Blessthefall, and of course, August Burns Red. The band is currently taking some time to relax at home, but not to worry…they’ll be back. After their break, the boys are heading to Europe, Asia, and Australia, and then they’re going to start writing new music later this summer Stay tuned for Silverstein. – by Matt Bishop