Silverstein's Shane Told Talks Band's 10th Full-Length Album + Silvertooth Reunion [Q&A]
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Canadian rockers Silverstein are currently in their 22nd year as a band and show no sign of slowing down any day soon. As of late, the influential act has released acoustic/reimagined renditions of their beloved songs, dropped various live albums, started a Twitch account and have put together top-notch livestream experiences proving they can do just about anything they set their minds to.
In addition to those recent achievements, the scene staples are also set to release their TENTH studio album Misery Made Me May 6th via UNFD.
While out their on current jam-packed tour supporting Beartooth alongside The Devil Wears Prada and Erra, The Noise sat down with Silverstein singer Shane Told to discuss the band's latest endeavors as well as their exciting plans for 2022 and beyond.
To see what Told had to say about the epic return of Silvertooth, When We Were Young Fest, writing Misery Made Me and more, be sure to see below. Afterward, make sure to pre-order Silverstein's upcoming LP and grab tickets to their remaining tour dates here.
Fans have been begging for a Silvertooth tour for years now. How does it feel to finally get back out on the road with Beartooth again?
SHANE TOLD: Oh it's absolutely the best! Beartooth have been our best friends since we first toured in 2015 and this is long overdue. We also have The Devil Wears Prada along for the ride, another band we are extremely close with. It's nice on a tour like this where everyone is friends, literally partying on the first day, and it's just so comfortable. And people are coming out in droves for this because the lineup is so strong. We couldn't ask for a better tour! Silvertooth Lives!!!
Silverstein was announced for both When We Were Young Fest and the Emo's Not Dead Cruise which sold out quickly. How does it feel knowing Silverstein was considered to play alongside some of the scene's most iconic names and who are you most excited to see?
It's really cool we are able to stay relevant with our new music and do something like the Beartooth tour while still playing these throwback festivals. They're just going to be so much fun. I'm super excited to see some of my old friends we played with back in 2003, like Armor For Sleep. I love that band.
Depending who you ask, fans will have very different replies as to which album is your "best work." How does it feel knowing that fans hold value to your newest releases and don't automatically pick one of your first two albums?
That is something we're very proud of as well! Misery Made Me is our 10th album and I think it honestly might be our best. But you're right, there seems to be as many people who love This Is How The Wind Shifts or Dead Reflection as those who love Discovering The Waterfront. We push ourselves very very hard with each new release. We book more and more time and we spend more time writing and recording. I think some bands get a little complacent and that's something we just will never be.
Your last album A Beautiful Place To Drown featured artists from a variety of genres and your upcoming album Misery Made Me is looking to do the same with features from artists like Andrew Neufield of Comeback Kid, nothing,nowhere. and more. What inspired you to work with such diverse artists and are there any other artists you'd like to work with in the future?
We are a very diverse band to begin with! We have always had a sprawling dynamic range between super heavy stuff, to poppier stuff, to very quiet acoustic songs. So this album is no exception. I think it stems from our influences being so diverse but it really keeps things interesting. It's hard to get bored when you can do anything at any time. The guest features totally reflect that. Over the past two albums we've had Princess Nokia and Trevor Daniel ... also Andrew from Comeback Kid, Aaron from Underoath and Mike from The Devil Wears Prada. These guests are all so perfect. As for the future, it completely depends on the song. We write the song and then hear in our heads what voice could compliment it. We don't want to force it, so until the song is done, we don't know!
Silverstein has released albums with themes/concepts such as betrayal on A Shipwreck In The Sand, the beginning/end of a story on This Is How The Wind Shifts and now misery on Misery Made Me. Can you explain the reasoning behind making a cohesive theme of ideas as opposed to releasing an album with songs that don't tie together?
There are a ton of different ways you can put together a concept for an album and it doesn't have to be so linear like Shipwreck or rely on a single parameter like the songs all being about different cities on I Am Alive in Everything I Touch. For this album, Paul Marc [Silverstein guitarist] and I wrote the songs "Our Song" and "Misery" separately but the word Misery really stood out as something we had been dealing with through the isolation we all faced. So once we dove into the other songs we felt like there was an underlying theme and attitude to these songs that put them in a cohesive spot. It's an angry record, it's a sad record and it's a record that exudes a tremendous amount of frustration. And those are true real emotions.
As you mentioned, Misery Made Me is Silverstein's 10th full length album. How does it feel to reach such a huge milestone and what can fans expect next?
We are touring a lot! We couldn't do that for the past two years so we are making up for lost time! We are super excited for MMM and can't wait for everyone to hear it!