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Few bands on their 22nd lap around the scene could claim to be in “just getting started” mode as much as punk stalwarts Silverstein. 

The release of their tenth studio album, Misery Made Me, finds the group springboarding off the heights they’ve reached over the past handful of years; their latest album (2020’s A Beautiful Place To Drown) adding 80 Million streams to a mind-numbing career total of 500 Million; it collecting a nomination for Rock Album  Of The Year at the esteemed Juno Awards, and its most recent headliner selling out nearly every date in elite rooms.

In bringing Misery Made Me to life Silverstein have continued to build on their already-wide reaching impact. Immersing themselves in new technologies like TikTok, Discord, NFTs, the metaverse and Twitch (even holding public writing sessions with fans over the latter) during its formation, the band have confirmed their unique ability to adapt and connect in all cycles of their career. 

Interestingly, amid all the positivity and connectivity injected into its creation there comes a dark set of themes underpinning the album, as its title might suggest. Inspired by the past two years, Misery Made Me is a depiction of Silverstein – and 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 vocalist Shane  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.

Exemplified by the anthemic opener ‘Our Song’, Misery Made Me is part acceptance of the band’s personal miseries, and part declaration that they will not be buried by them. At the back end of the record lies ‘Live Like  This’ (ft. nothing, nowhere.) and arguably its most bleak and haunting lyric: “I don’t want to die, but I can’t live  like this.” 

Singles ‘It’s Over’ and ‘Ultraviolet’ dive deeper into this feeling of desperation, describing the utter  helplessness of losing control to anxiety.  

“’It’s Over’ is about the spiral that leads to giving up,” shares guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau. “Those anxiety-packed hours when you can’t feel anything but the low, steady crescendo of panic that eventually gets so intense your fingertips lose sensation. It’s hopeless to feel but pointless to endure. I didn’t learn anything from feeling that way. I just wanted it to stop.” 

“’Ultraviolet’ is about feeling powerless and under the control of the chemicals in your brain,” he adds.  “Ultraviolet light itself being invisible felt like the right way to describe this notion. To get lost in this unseeable thing. UV also causes physical damage to our skin, so it serves as a sort of ‘proof’ that something invisible like  anxiety can hurt us.” 

Filled with moments of relentless energy throwing back to their hardcore roots (‘Die Alone’ ft. Andrew  Neufeld), to visionary moments of modern heavy (‘The Altar / Mary’), Misery Made Me fastens Silverstein’s 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. 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. 

Misery Made Me is out May 6 via UNFD. 

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08-08-2018

Canadian Beats have all the details on Silverstein’s upcoming 15th anniversary tour, featuring support from Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn and Capstan!

08-06-2018

Head to PureGrainAudio.com for all the info on Silverstein’s ‘not any regular, paint-by-numbers tour’ of their debut ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ LP!

08-05-2018

Exclaim! have all the details on Silverstein’s ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ 15th anniversary tour!

03-16-2018

Check out Cloak & Dagger Media’s photos/review of Silverstein at Stay Warm Toronto!

03-14-2018

Canadian Beats got some great shots of Silverstein last night at Stay Warm Toronto!

02-06-2018

Silverstein, NO LIARS, Scenic Route to Alaska, and DYLYN are all featured in Halifax Bloggers’ Friday Night Soundtrack!

01-26-2018

Pure Grain Audio has the full details on Silverstein’s ‘Whiplash’ video!

12-01-2017

RMP Magazine talks to Silverstein, click to check it out!

11-27-2017

Silverstein find their way on the front cover of View Hamilton!

10-27-2017

New video for ‘Lost Positives’ by Silverstein up on Canadian Beats!

10-21-2017

Catch the brand new video for ‘Lost Positives’ from Silverstein over at PureGrainAudio.com!

09-01-2017

Bucketlist Music Reviews reviews Silverstein’s latest LP.

08-11-2017

PureGrainAudio.com gives a 7.5 out of 10 review of Silverstein’s new record “Dead Reflection”. Give it a read below!

08-11-2017

A.Side has a great interview with Silverstein. Yasmine dives into Dead Reflection.

07-29-2017

New review of Silverstein’s ‘Dead Reflection’ on PopMatters now!

07-21-2017

Another great review of the new Silverstein record ‘Dead Reflection’! Out now on New Damage Records!

07-21-2017

Great interview with Silverstein at Punktastic. Big thanks to Paul Silver for the excellent article!

07-21-2017

Great interview with Silverstein at IDIOTEQ.com. New record ‘Dead Reflection’ out now on New Damage Records!

07-21-2017

New Silverstein record is out today! Read The Spill Magazine review at the link.

07-14-2017

Excellent review of the new Silverstein record at Canadian Beats.

07-14-2017

Fantastic review of the new Silverstein record ‘Dead Reflection’ at Soundfiction. Out this Friday on New Damage Records!

07-14-2017

New Silverstein song ‘Mirror Box’ premiered at Billboard today!

07-14-2017

New Silverstein LP coming this friday! Read the Canadian Beats interview to find out more about the new record.

07-07-2017

New Silverstein song ‘Whiplash’ is out today! Hear it at Exclaim!.

06-23-2017

Silverstein is heading out on a cross Canada tour this November. PureGrainAudio.com has the details.

06-18-2017

New Silverstein single ‘Lost Positives’ premiered at Alternative Press today! Album out July 14th on New Damage Records!