Review: Silverstein at the Garage
The Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein from Burlington, Ontario came to the legendary Garage in London.
Formed in 2000, Silverstein currently consists of Shane Told (vocals), Josh Bradford (guitar), Paul Koehler (drums), Bill Hamilton (bass) and Paul Marc Rousseau (guitar). So far, the band released eleven studio albums. Musically, Silverstein combines different genres such as hardcore, metal and emo. However, the band itself stated to be influenced by many different artists and genres such as post-hardcore, screamo, indie rock and hardcore punk. With the time, they developed a softer sound but still focus on heavy guitars, underlining the screamed, as well as clean vocals of lead singer Shane Told.
The venue opened its doors around 7pm to a mixed audience with fans from different age groups. Nevertheless, the energy of the whole crowd was great, and everyone joined singing along, jumping and moshing in circle pits. The first band opening the stage was the American progressive post-hardcore band Hail The Sun. Musically, the quartet around Donovan Melero, Shane Gann, Aric Gracia and John Stirrat uses elements of screamo, progressive rock and math rock, combined with the high-pitched clean and screamed vocals of Donovan Melero who also is the drummer.
With Hail The Sun on the stage, the crowd was immediately captured and showed their energy by jumping and singing along. The band’s energy caught the audience and set the right foundation for Silverstein. The crowd was absolutely engaged and amazed. Silverstein played a good mix of their older heavier, as well as their newer softer songs which was highly appreciated by their fans. Everyone screamed the lyrics on the top of their lungs and seemed to have a great time. Towards the end of the show, Paul Marc Rousseau (guitar for Silverstein) entered the stage on his own and performed a beautiful solo song. Finishing off, Silverstein ended the evening with one of their most popular songs ‘My Heroine’. The acoustic for both bands was good. Both, the vocals of the two singers as well as the volume of the instruments were mixed well. Silverstein added some colours to their light show but kept it simple overall while Hail The Sun kept it rather dark.
Overall, the concert was great. Everyone enjoyed the show, not only the fans but also the bands themselves. Silverstein had a great set with good vocals and a supporting light show which created a great atmosphere. The crowd sang along, moshed and jumped while enjoying the songs.