The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Matt Pryor And James Dewees - 04/25/13
Skate And Surf Festival - VIP Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DMND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
Skate And Surf Festival - GA Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
Ask around for opinions on a heavy act, and the feedback you receive will more than likely be split right down the middle. Many will criticize outfits for being little more than generic, paint-by-numbers carbon copies of their peers, while others will glorify those very same bands for technical wizardry or sheer brutality. Whatever the consensus, it’s no secret that in heavy music, you simply can’t please everyone.
Silverstein and August Burns Red, two of the more beloved outfits in their respective genres, have finally joined forces to release Four Minutes Being Cool, a two-song split 7” in celebration of Record Store Day 2013. Opting to perform cover songs instead of original material, the veteran quintets pay tribute to a pair of revered emo outfits in The Get Up Kids and Saves The Day. An unlikely release of sorts, but a breath of fresh air all the same.
Fans of the originals will immediately be taken aback, as both cuts have been retooled and reimagined, falling more in line the bulk of each band’s back catalogue than their source material. Silverstein’s take on “Coming Clean,” a track pulled from The Get Up Kids’ debut full-length, Four Minute Mile, is admirable, as well as devoid of any screaming. Lead vocalist Shane Told sounds as crisp as ever, while guitarists Paul Marc Rousseau and Josh Bradford do a wonderful job of infusing Matt Pryor and company’s riffs with a welcome jolt of energy.
Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 20th, and we’re excited to say goodbye to the money in our wallets. There are over 400 releases that can be seen here, but we’re highlighting just a few more special releases that are coming out tomorrow. Check out our RSD Preview here and some more albums coming out below!
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
Modern Baseball [03/22-03/28]
Jimmie Deeghan (EA), Carter Hulsey [04/18-04/28]
The Word Alive [04/20-04/27]
Relient K, Hellogoodbye, William Beckett [04/24-05/19]
Frameworks, Rescuer [04/25-05/04]
Attack Attack!, The Plot in You, Get Scared [05/02-05/29]
Crown The Empire [05/07-05/26]
Silverstein, The Wonder Years [06/04-06/14]
Previously Announced Tours:
Story Of The Year will be reuniting after a three-year hiatus. We’ll be getting a Page Avenue ten year world tour and an acoustic rendition of the album as well. Who’s stoked?
Woe, Is Me parted ways with original member Austin Thornton. As many fans have noted, this leaves the band will only one original member left.
Dallas Green seems to either be hard at work in the studio, or completely done with a new City And Colour record. Either way, a new album is coming.
Hayley Williams is stepping into the cosmetics world the same day as Paramore release their fourth album. It will be interesting to see just how much more Paramore and Williams can expand into a mainstream world with their new album.
Not yet announced, but an interesting Hopeless Records pairing nonetheless.
The lineup is almost completely announced at this point. How do you feel about this year’s lineup compared to last year’s?
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Winter - Spring
Heated Column About Heat Thing
Team Recommendations - Anti-VDay
Behind The Booths
Desaparecidos, Joyce Manor
Silverstein is a band that nearly everyone interested in the alternative scene has at least heard of before. When they broke out on to the scene with such albums as When Broken Is Easily Fixed and Discovering The Waterfront, they made it clear that they were a band that had the potential to breathe a ton of life into the post-hardcore genre. Though that quiescent talent laid there just waiting to break through the band’s creative walls, Silverstein failed to really capitalize and released a slew of consistently average albums leading up to their 2013 release This Is How The Wind Shifts. Without much hype built around this release, expectations were not particularly high for anyone who is not a super fan of the band, but the end result is a sneakily brilliant post-hardcore album that may have been released a few years too late.
This Is How The Wind Shifts is a compilation of Silverstein’s best work to date as they veer slightly out of the territory that they have stuck to for years. With much more steadily exciting guitar-work sprinkled throughout this record and a magnificent yet unforeseen vocal performance by Shane Told, Silverstein may have just released the classic post-hardcore record that people expected them to hone in on the mid-2000s.
Tracks like “On Brave Mountains We Conquer” and “A Better Place” show a natural progression from Waterfront rather than a plateau of quality as they feature those classic elements of the band that fans have grown to love, but with some much needed improvements. “In A Place of Solace” could be the best example of this progression. The track’s atmospheric vibe, rich with Told’s perfected screams and dark power chords lend a revitalized sound to a waning band. It is tracks like this that people needed to hear from Silverstein.