It's Okay to be EMO
"It's hard to describe music to someone who never heard it, if it helps people check us out then all the better," drummer Paul Koehler says matter of factly. Burlington, Ontario's hardest working band blend car crushing guitar riffs with fist pumping drum thumps and throw in a sensitive melodic edge. Most bands shudder at the dreaded "E" word. Call them emo, call them screamo, call them post-melodic hardcore, Silverstein could care less. If branding them "emo" means they'll reach more people, all the better.

Surviving the Sophomore Curse
Silverstein took a break from their rigorous touring schedule and hauled up in a California recording studio crafting their sophomore release, Discovering the Waterfront. "We basically lived and breathed the record for six weeks," says Paul of the recording process. "We were a lot more focused, we had a set budget, a set time frame." The results are a flawlessly executed second album that escapes the dreaded sophomore curse. According to Silverstein's drummer, what made the recording of album number two so different than the recording of their first masterpiece is, "we're actually getting somewhere, we're making music for our fans."

What's in a Name?
While most of their peers have chosen flashy monikers with zero meaning, the boys in Silverstein show a mark of respect for acclaimed children's poet Shel Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends). "We have a name that means something as opposed to something that just sounds cool," says Paul "We think of ourselves, as a band, as really different, and trying to stretch the limits so we pay tribute to him." The band, like the poet, are unique. They stand out in a sea of "emo" acts trying to make their mark on the world. To quote a seventeen-year old Silverstein admirer, "Dude, they effin' rule!" And rule, they do.

Silverstein play Montreal's Spectrum with Hawthorn Heights on December 1st.

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