Tonight Alive & Silverstein
It takes numbers to craft a movement out of sound. It takes numbers, and it takes throat, calloused fingers, worn out joints, and a sea of voices singing along. It takes numbers, and it takes work. It takes playing basements and community centres as much as it takes stages, and festivals. It takes years of dedication, sincerity, and community. And yet, only a few artists are so honoured as to become synonymous with their era. Since 2000, Silverstein has kept its roots firmly planted in the terrain of post-hardcore. Sixteen years later, the genre is impossible to talk about without mentioningthis seminal group.
Well over a decade of performances, of writing, and recording has afforded the group time to evolve and push forward, and Silverstein have taken the whole scene on this ride with them. To speak about the differences— whether musical, lyrical, or tonal—between When Broken Is Easily Fixed and their latest effort, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch, speaks about the differences in post-hardcore at large then and now. Since the release of When Broken, Silverstein have continued to reimagine their sound, and the genre with it. 2016’s I Am Alive is a monument to their career. The record takes its listener on atour bus driven odyssey that is all too familiar to a group used to packing its life in suitcase and hitting the road. Distant milestones, and the homeward reach help to carve out a concept that could have only been pulled off by a band with such a cultivated relationship with the terrain of North American alternative music. And though the record ends back home in Toronto, ON, you can be sure that the group doesn’t intend to let the dust settle on their suitcases just yet. As they’ve done so many times in the past, Silverstein are hard at work in the studio and on the road this year. Their shows continue to fill rooms with energy and life, and their records continue to reach eager ears. Their music continues to marry aggression and melody in a way that only Silverstein seems able to. And their dedication to their craft is more evident than ever before. Sixteen years and their outlook hasn’t changed: more days on the road, more songs, more work, more fans, more music, more friends. The numbers grow with everything they touch.
As soon as the majestic opening licks of the album’s lead off track burst onto the speakers, it’s obvious that BROADSIDE are setting bigger and better goals the second time around. An album of boundless energy, Paradise is a culmination of two years’ worth of experiences, sacrifices, and tireless effort, and the end result is a go-for-broke tour de force in pop-tinged punk rock.
Paradise doesn’t completely change direction from the 2015 punchy debut Old Bones, but it shows a remarkable triumph from a band that has rarely left the road since that year. With the line “The sun peeking from the tall palm trees,” the title track ‘Paradise’ sets the personality for a summer sunshine-stained statement. “The whole concept of Paradise is that you should chase that little view of happiness you create in your mind,” explains front-man Ollie Baxxter. “We often put our dreams and desires to the side believing they’re unrealistic, but this record is about building a bridge to reach your goals, your dream, your...Paradise.”
By the summer of 2016, BROADSIDE circled the US multiple times with the likes of State Champs, Roam, and Handguns to name a few, and the demand for their punk-rooted pop anthems escalated, as they were constantly ushered to larger stages during that summers’ Vans Warped Tour. On one particular stop, Baxxter was befriended by a young, hearing impaired fan who had recently gone through ear reconstructive surgery to repair her full hearing. “I met this anxious young woman who was wearing a huge, comforting smile while waiting in line to meet us. She told me that our band was one of the first she had ever heard at full capacity, and that our performance moved her in a way she never felt before, and how lucky she was to have been able to physically hear the set. I couldn't say a word, except to hold her close and cry because it moved in a way that I've never felt. Here stood a girl, no older than my own baby sister, thanking me for performing. I was just doing my job and it was really me who should have thanked her for her strength and courage to share her story. Moments like that are exactly why I write to the youth in our songs. PUSH THROUGH, OVER ANY AND ALL OBSTACLES.”
The former Richmond, VA outfit now calls Los Angeles home, where they teamed up again with New Found Glory & All Time Low producer Kyle Black in January of 2017 to lay down the groundwork for Paradise. “You know what, Kyle Black is a wildman who knows what he is doing, and we were lucky to be able to record another record with him. I hope this record made him proud of us,” admits Baxxter. Immediately following the sessions, BROADSIDE packed their gear and headed to the United Kingdom for an inaugural visit supporting With Confidence, bowling over new fans and taking a well-deserved seat at the table of their peers.
Named Musician Of The Month by Alternative Press in March 2017, guitarist Dorian Cooke’s resilient vocals take the lead on the soulful hymn ‘Laps Around A Picture Frame,’ while ‘Tunnel Vision’ will quickly land as live favorite with its skyscraping vocals. And Paradise doesn’t just have storming tracks, the lofty ‘Who Cares’ beams with the bands inner personalities of turning a bad situation into quick witted humor, while the balance between Baxxter and Cooke’s vocals on ‘Summer Stained’ is damn near perfect. BROADSIDE expand their sound into unheard punk turf incorporating trumpet on the first video from the album, ‘Puzzle Pieces,’ and the Morrissey-channeled, ukulele driven, ‘I Love You, I Love You. It’s Disgusting.’ “This record is the sound we have been trying to achieve all of our career, we aren't afraid to try new things and that is apparent with Paradise,” declares guitarist Niles Gregory.
Picturesque will release their long-awaited debut full-length, Back to Beautiful, on July 14 through Equal Vision Records. The band has also just released a new song from the album called “New Face” on all digital retailers. Back to Beautiful was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Erik Ron (Saosin, Panic! At The Disco). “The title Back to Beautiful is referring to the early days of the band where we had all relocated to Houston and I went through a rough break up. We were engaged, and I thought I had life from there on out figured out, but I didn’t. It hit me hard mentally and physically. I wasn’t my normal self. I wasn’t sleeping enough because I kept having the same nightmares over and over and when I was awake I was lost in my own thoughts of why things were the way they were. I felt like I wasn’t good enough for anyone, I felt like I was a burden on everyone around me because I was in this rut and I was afraid I would drag everyone around me down into it. This feeling lasted until around the time we finished the record. It was as if I had gotten whatever was making me ill out of my system and my entire demeanor began to reflect the change,” reveals vocalist Kyle Hollis. Picturesque is led by the truly stunning vocal range and power of Hollis – who showcases his most impressive vocal work to date on the newly released track – and is supported by equally notable instrumentations that blend rock, post-hardcore and pop influences. The band has toured and shared stages with the likes of I the Mighty, blessthefall, Like Moths To Flames, Our Last Night, SECRETS, and SYLAR. They will next head out on a short US run with The Color Morale, The Plot In You and Dayseeker. The band also previously released music videos for “Monstrous Things” and “Speak Softly”. Picturesque is comprised of Kyle Hollis (vocals), Zach Williamson (guitar), Dylan Forrester (guitar) and Jordan MGreenway (bass).