Being one of the originators of the “Screamo” genre probably doesn’t feel like much of an accomplishment. However, Silverstein’s longevity through the last ten years (in band years, that’s about 50) is an impressive milestone, especially when considering the consistently short life-span of the average “scream-sing-scream” group. We’ve seen them come and go, like sitting in the parking lot of a 7/11. When Broken Is Easily Fixed is arguably the best album to come out of the infamous genre, and they haven’t really looked back much. Silverstein has stayed within the cozy, yet restrictive, confines of Post-Hardcore throughout their career, and their latest album Rescue is no cause for any exception.
While When Broken Is Easily Fixed seemed to strain vocalist Shane Told’s vocal cords, undoubtedly causing some serious laryngitis, he’s built a routine delivery since Discovering the Waterfront, shifting from screaming to clean-vocals with ease and fruition. It’s come to a point where even the screaming vocals seem to lack the passion and desperation that was trademarked in the early part of his tenure. However, the guitar-work is impressive as usual, as Neil Boshart provides some always-excellent guitar leads, while Josh Bradford stabilizes with his notable rhythm riffs.
There are also a couple features guests on Rescue. Bayside’s Anthony Raneri provides his somberly acquiescent voice on the track “Texas Mickey”, and Counterparts’ Brendan Murphy in “The Artist”. In reality, not much has changed with this release, except maybe the overhaul of a concept, as there was in their previous work Shipwrecks in the Sand. However, a return to the formula that birthed success anew on Discovering the Waterfront is what we discover (see what I did there?) in Rescue. Albeit, making the same album with new lyrics, and a couple brand name guest spots doesn’t equate to progressivity. In fact, it seems the crew seems to be stuck in this “maze” of a genre, that is post-hardcore, or screamo, or blah blah whatever you want to call it. That being said, Rescue still contains an infectious trait: familiarity.
Sure, comfort is found in this familiarity, but art isn’t made to be comfortable, it’s made to bring us out of our comfort zones into a world of difference and creativity. This is what we lack in Rescue.
3. Forget Your Heart
5. Good Luck With Your Lives
6. Texax Mickey (Feat. Anthony Ranieri)
7. The Artist (Feat. Brendan Murphy)
8. Burning Hearts
9. Darling Harbour
10. Live to Kill
11. Replace You
12. In Memory Of
Silverstein is a 5-piece post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada; formed in 2000. The band name was taken from the famous children's author Shel Silverstein.... read more