Photo credit: Wyatt Clough
NEW ALBUM MISERY MADE ME OUT ON MAY 6TH
VIA UNFD/NSEW RECORDINGS
Post-hardcore trailblazers Silverstein release their heaviest song ever today – “Die Alone” – featuring guest vocals from Comeback Kid‘s Andrew Neufeld. Silverstein and Neufeld joined forces for a fierce and arresting live performance of “Die Alone” in the official music video, directed by Wyatt Clough.
Our roots are in fast hardcore and punk, it’s a style we have touched on over the years, but with the frustration and anger I felt at the time, I wanted to take this one all the way. I knew the song could benefit from a second voice, and thought of Andrew immediately. His signature snarl and delivery put this thing over the top.
Lyrically, “Die Alone” discusses the power imbalance that often happens in one-sided friendships – where a toxic person controls another. It’s a classic theme, but one we have seen a lot more over the past few years with misinformation leading to tremendous pressure from people to act a certain way, or vote a certain way, or become a puppet for a negative cause.
– vocalist Shane Told
Few bands on their 22nd lap around the scene could claim to be in “just getting started” mode as much as punk stalwarts Silverstein. On Misery Made Me, they find themselves spring-boarding off the heights they’ve reached over the past handful of years. “For the first time in our career, we truly put it all out there. We went into this with no rules and no preconceived notions of what Silverstein is or what it could be. We somehow wrote the heaviest, saddest, catchiest, and most emotional songs in 22 years of being a band … all on the same album,” reveals Told. Their latest album (2020’s A Beautiful Place To Drown) added 80 million streams to a mind-numbing career total of 500 million; it also collected a nomination for Rock Album of the Year at the esteemed JUNO Awards.
Filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their punk and hardcore roots to visionary moments of modern heavy, Silverstein‘s forthcoming album Misery Made Me fastens their status as torchbearers of the scene on all fronts. It’s both intriguing and inspiring that a band – who could have merely rested on the impressive legacy they’ve already cemented – would continue to dig deep and find the inspiration to reach people in meaningful new ways.
Ironically, amid all the positivity and connectivity injected into the creation of Misery Made Me, there comes a dark set of themes underpinning the album, as its title might suggest. The album is a depiction of Silverstein – and the world at large’s – collective turmoil, frustration, and anxiety.
“I wanted to explore the meaning of ‘misery’ as a main theme throughout the album,” says Told. “Despite the mountains climbed and boulders pushed during recent years, we were confronted by the weight and misery of staying relatively in the same place for a long period of time. Finding peace in the reality of this misery became important. The record is about the acceptance of a new reality and adapting to it.”
Ultimately, Misery Made Me finds the band trying to navigate the ever-worsening challenges of our modern world – angst, doomscrolling, and disassociation. It’s a record that is a product of the moment in time in which it was created yet doesn’t feel like it will date itself anytime soon, as many of its topics of loneliness, anxiety, and isolation are eternal human struggles.
Misery Made Me is a campaign hinged on Silverstein‘s reflection and gratitude for their roots, their honouring of their earliest fans, and their staunch desire to explore forward-thinking and adventurous ways to connect with new ones.
The album sees its release via UNFD/NSEW on CD, vinyl and digital formats on May 6. Click here for pre-order information. Produced by Sam Guaiana (A Beautiful Place To Drown and both Redux) at Jukasa Studios in rural Ontario, it features guests Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid on “Die Alone,” singer/songwriter Trevor Daniel on “Cold Blood,” Devil Wears Prada’s Mike Hranica on “Slow Motion” and nothing, nowhere. on “Live Like This.”
Silverstein is currently on the road in support of Misery Made Me. Their U.S. run includes spring dates with Beartooth, a UK/EU summer leg and fall performances have been confirmed at WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Festival and the Emo’s Not Dead Cruise. Stay tuned for more to be announced. All tickets are available here.