By Adrian Kelly.
When one thinks of Canada, we envision snow, polar bears, ice hockey, poutine and a lot of sitting about talking smack in a funny accent, not a genre defining post-hardcore band that has a serious case of ADD. For Silverstein, This Is How The Wind Shifts is another arrow to add to their impressive quiver of full-lengths, live albums, EPs and DVDs.
You’d also be right in scratching your head and wondering if the last Silverstein release was really all that long ago.
“Short Songs wasn’t supposed to be an official record for us, it was just something we did in between [cycles] that we thought was fun to do,” explains Told. “Part of that stemmed from Rescue; we’d written it pretty far in advance, it was all finished in 2010 and didn’t come out until April 2011, so we had a lot of time in 2011 just sitting around [in which] we decided to write Short Songs. With that done, it made sense to write a new record this summer. I guess we are pretty quick with writing compared to some bands. We don’t really take time off; we’re either on the road or working on new stuff.
“Between taking a big chunk of time off and just sitting around at home; we’d rather be working and staying busy. Even if we’re not doing Silverstein stuff, I’m still playing music and writing songs on my own. I just like it that way, we all love music; music is important to us.
Despite Told’s assertions of near-full operational Death Star capacity (besides the odd trip to South America or Vegas), Silverstein had found time to tend to that most tense of band situations – firing a member. And not any old member, one who had been there since the beginning of the band way back at the beginning of the last decade. Awkward.
“We had to let him go,” states Told quite plainly. “It had been reported that Neil [Boshart, guitar] quit but that wasn’t true at all. The statement we publicly made was probably a little too vague surrounding what happened. We thought it was better to say we had a new member and new record coming and that we were all good. Now it’s been a little while and I don’t mind talking about it. The four of us had grown and gone in one direction while he was pulling the other way. It didn’t seem he was enjoying the same things as we were. We went to Russia and some places in Asia for the first time last year that we were all excited about and he seemed like he didn’t want to be there. It was just bringing us all down, his attitude was bringing us all down.
“When we were talking about this new record, he just didn’t seem on the same page as us; he wasn’t a big part of Short Songs either. I’d never kicked anyone out of a band before; I didn’t really know how to go
about it. In some ways, maybe I regret some of the way it went down. Regardless, it’s for the best. Everyone seems to be feeling the love on this [record] and it feels a lot more natural than it ever has. It’s a good feeling.”
Drama aside, Silverstein are in a strong position on the verge of album number seven; musical direction, goals and dedication all firmly in place. Now of course we just need to know when they’ll be returning. Luckily, we only have to wait ‘til April. You’ve been warned.
This Is How The Wind Shifts is out now on Roadrunner.