Silverstein Biography

This Canadian post-hardcore unit first began playing together in 1998 and was originally based in the members’ native Ontario. The line-up took shape around Shane Told (13 February 1981, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; vocals), Josh Bradford (guitar), Paul Koehler (b. 9 September 1983, Burlington, Ontario, Canada; drums), and Richard McWalter (guitar), with this line-up recording the independently released EP Summer’s Stellar Gaze in 2000. Bill Hamilton (b. William Francis Alexander Hamilton, 13 August 1984, Burlington, Ontario, Canada) joined on bass the following year, allowing Told to concentrate on vocals, and Neil Boshart replaced McWalter on the band’s second EP, When The Shadows Beam.

The buzz around Silverstein caught the attention of the hip Chicago-based Victory Records label, for whom the quintet completed When Broken Is Easily Fixed. Released in summer 2003, the album built on the blueprint established on the earlier EPs, a furious combination of emo, hardcore and heavy metal. The follow-up, 2005’s Discovering The Waterfront, toned down the screamed vocals allowing the band’s excellent melodic sense to shine, with ‘Your Sword Versus My Dagger’ and ‘Call It Karma’ notable highlights. The compilation set 18 Candles: The Early Years collected the band’s first two independent EPs alongside new acoustic and live recordings. The band’s third album, Arrivals & Departures, was recorded with notable pop punk producer Mark Trombino. Boasting an even more accessible sound, the album broke Silverstein into the US mainstream.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.