Show Review: Silverstein 22.04.13

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 02.05.13 | Issue # 336


AMPLIFIER: 22/04/13

There’s only so much an opening act can do with a 20 minute set, but Make Believe Me used every second of every minute to its full potential to give the start of the week a healthy dose of energetic alternative rock. The second local support, Still Water Claims, continued in a similar style. With enough hair slinging and head banging to cause concussions, the six-piece looked like battery hens frantically scrambling around the stage.

A mid-set acoustic number allowed for a well-needed break from their intense pace, before Sienna Skies took over. The Sydney post hardcore act got lucky with this one. Original tour support Issues (US) had to pull out due to other touring commitments, so the NSW six-piece got offered all five shows. Maybe it was because it was the end of the tour and he was tired, but frontman Steve Faull’s rude attitude directed towards the sound guy during the band’s line check painted him as arrogant. Luckily he managed to undo most of the damage by being an engaging frontman. Songs off their new record, The Constant Climb, proved they’re on a mission to get to the top. The new material is far more experimental than their previous works, and definitely suits them better.

One national and two local supports seemed a bit too much, but when Silverstein finally hit the stage, they were well worth the wait. They’re the kind of band that can win anyone over with their live show. You might have heard recordings and not taken much of an interest, but seeing them onstage will leave you wanting more. This mainly stems from Shane Told’s incredible vocal abilities. He’s mastered every aspect of his voice. How someone can scream so brutally, flick a switch and then sing clean vocals with pitch-perfect conviction is a mystery.

Old hits got the room moving due to nostalgic reasons, while songs off their new record, This Is How The Wind Shifts, kept the energy flowing due to the way they were writing. It was almost as if the band wrote the new songs specifically for the stage. Told talked about “sand gropers”, Fat Yak, bogans and had a dig at Qantas to pass time while rectifying guitar issues, and as soon as Your Sword Vs. My Dagger began, there was no stopping the Toronto post hardcore powerhouse.

There’s something about the Perth post hardcore community that gives it strength above most others. Fans seem to be more accepting of experimentation but stay unquestionably dedicated to bands that stay true to their origin, regardless of trends. Silverstein have stayed fairly true to their roots since their first record was released 10 years ago, and fans – even those in Perth, on the other side of the world from Toronto – have a special place for the band, as proved during the last few verses of set closer Smile In Your Sleep.

Daniel Cribb