Concert Review: Silverstein

Posted on: April 18, 2023
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Silverstein live

Almost exactly one year after playing Stubb’s, Silverstein came back through Austin on their Misery Made Me tour.

The openers for this show were One Step Closer, seeyouspacecowboy, and Dayseeker.

Silverstein hit the stage right at 10pm, coming out to extremely vibey music featuring a clip of Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone.

The first song of the set was “Ultraviolet,” track 3 off the tour’s titular album. The entire show saw stage divers galore, starting right off the bat. After three songs, lead singer Shane Told must’ve been inspired by the Taylor Swift drag show next door because he talked about Silverstein’s various “eras.” From there, we took a trip back to their debut album era with 2002’s “Giving Up” (by the way, Taylor isn’t even visiting her debut album era on her Eras Tour).

Around halfway through the show, Shane remarked that they’ve played “2501 shows… and this is at least in the top 500 craziest.” He went on to mention how they just put out the deluxe edition of Misery Made Me (and they were for sale at the back), and proceeded to play a new track called “Poison Pill,” after which they did an insanely good cover of Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer,” followed by the 2005 classic “My Heroine.”

By far, the funniest part of the night for me was during “The Everglow” when Shane made the unexpected change of the lyric “heartbreak in a St. Louis parking lot” to “heartbreak in a Taco Cabana parking lot.” After the song, he also mentioned that this was their first time playing at Mohawk, which was giving him “old emo vibes… or old Emo’s vibes I should say… but also emo.” I got a good chuckle out of that. And then I got old emo vibes about the old Emo’s. Which, until last year, was the last venue they played at in Austin in 2013. RIP.

From here, the rest of the band exited the stage and left Shane alone with an acoustic guitar for “Misery.” After it was over, the band did that whole thing where they pretend like they’re done and then come back for an encore because they just love us so much!

To start the encore, they played the first song I ever heard from them courtesy of the 2004 Victory Records Sampler: “Smile In Your Sleep,” and finished with “the hardest song we’ve ever written,” “The Altar/Mary.”

I had tickets to see Silverstein in 2020 which obviously did not happen, but it was worth the 3-year wait. Overall incredible show with incredible energy from both the band and the crowd.

Full Setlist:

Burn It Down
Giving Up
It’s Over
American Dream
The Ides of March
Bad Habits
Poison Pill
One Step Closer
My Heroine
The Afterglow
Live Like This
Smile In Your Sleep
The Altar/Mary 

Review by Stephanie Robinson, AKA Stefny at the Disco