It’s no surprise the city of Toronto has been Silverstein’s most played city throughout their nearly 20-year career. With beginnings in the area of Burlington, the band has sustained a steady onset of releases and a loyal following throughout the years. Before the hometown show at the picturesque venue, the Danforth Music Hall, Paul Marc and Josh sat down with me to discuss their latest tour, the final run of Vans Warped Tour, and the current state of music release formats.
Follow along below for an insight from the two!
ITA: How the tour been so far? What’s been a highlight of the tour?
Silverstein: It’s been great. The LA show was great. I do anticipate Toronto’s show to be a wild one!
ITA: With Toronto being Silverstein’s most played city, what does this title bring to the hometown show?
Silverstein: We’re doing the second set, with the second record “Discovering the Waterfront” and we’ve never done this before. We’ve played the record before but we’ve never done something like this with two sets, this long. It’ll be a special experience with our hometown crowd, both nice and stressful.
ITA: With the band ongoing for over 17 years now, what keeps you motivated?
Silverstein: Josh – I’m personally having a lot of fun, I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and every night is a little different. It’s still very exciting for me and seeing smiling faces, what we do is extremely motivating.
ITA: With Warped Tour running its ground over twenty years now and with Silverstein playing a few times, what are some memories from the tour and thoughts on it’s concluding summer?
Silverstein: Paul Marc – It was starting to feel like it was time; it can now go out on top. I’ve had a good time doing it for the last six years. It gave us the opportunity to do some wacky stuff, I’ll never forget doing Silvertooth (Silverstein & Beartooth).
ITA: Do you remember attending as concertgoers or watching other bands’ sets on the side?
Silverstein: Josh – I’ve been going to it since the mid-90s, getting to be on the other side of was surreal for me. Last year, a favourite band of mines, Suicide Machines played and the tour’s been an important part of people’s lives.
ITA: With the latest release Dead Reflection, what’s been the fan response?
Silverstein: They’re loving it! People are genuinely liking it, which is exciting.
ITA: With the older material and the newest release, what have been lessons you’ve learned since then & in between?
Silverstein: Everything we know. Definitely looking back at some songs from Discovering the Waterfront and rehearsing those, Paul Marc brought some insightful ideas that the record “doesn’t have much flow, it isn’t what music theory is about”. It definitely has some strange structures. We’ve learned how to craft songs better and, we continue to grow as people and musicians.
ITA: With music being more readily available like streaming sites, do you believe at some point that traditional release will be no longer? Do you plan on continuing physical releases like vinyl records and CDs?
Silverstein: Paul Marc – That’s something we’ve been talking about, we released “Ghost” as a single off this record very early just to see what would happen when we released one song, I liked doing it, I would like to do it again. I think the traditional release format is dying and that’s cool, let’s make waves for something new, let’s use the technology to do something fun.
Josh – Let’s be honest CDs stink, the art is small, the jewel case cracks. You get scratches on the CD and it’s useless. But vinyl has trended to sell more over the past bit. I think you get more artistic stuff out of it, there’s this old trope of we’ve got to go make a record so let’s make 15 songs, cut it down to 11 and go to the studio for a month to make this album where all the guitars sound the same while if you’re going in to record one song you can spend an entire amount worth of energy into one thing – make it awesome, then forget about it and do a whole new thing next time, that’s really cool to me. Rather than a 12-song record every few years, if you do a song a month or every two months, wouldn’t that be nice?
ITA: Similar to rap and hip-hop artists’ releases?
Silverstein: Paul Marc – It’s an interesting genre to watch the flow of, there’s so much more collaboration, they’re willing to go outside the box more frequently and do more interesting things that I wish rock music would take a fucking lesson from they’re doing it right and that whole genre is killing it. I think we have a tendency to get stale because people expect it.
Josh – We’ll try to pioneer that for rock music, we’re trying to partner up with some nice friends from different scenes, we’ve been hanging out with Princess Nokia so maybe we’ll see more crossover and collaborations.
ITA: If you had one piece of advice for up and coming bands, what would that be?
Silverstein: I don’t know how this works anymore with the Internet. I think we’re finally unable to answer that question.
ITA: Finally, what’s next for the band?
Silverstein: It’s all touring coming up. We’re really proud of this record and we want to bring it to people, that’s the plan for the next while.