Musicscan: What was the original goal (or reason) for the formation of Silverstein?
How did your goals change with the time, or didn't they change at all?
Silverstein: We just wanted to do something a little different that no one was doing
in our area. Everyone was playing poppunk or ska. Originally we just
wanted to put out a record and do a couple shows... Over time things got
more serious, we wanted to do a tour, then get on a label... Now the
band is our whole lives.
Musicscan: When did you feel that Silverstein got its first big break? The word on
your band spread quiete quickly within the underground...
Silverstein: When we signed to Victory. That allowed us to tour constantly.
Musicscan: You were always tagges with having a post-hardcore/emo sound. Do you
still feel attached to this label, or have you outgrown that now?
Silverstein: We've changed, and I just want to sound like silverstein now. If
someone labels us screamo or emo or whatever and that helps people
understabd what we do than that's fine.
Musicscan: How does Silverstein feel about the viability of having post-hardcore
become the 'new' thing in music? What makes your band stand out?
Silverstein: Well I think we write great songs. That seems so simple, but I think
its overlooked a lot. A lot of bands are riff based, or repeat things
like 10 million times. Regardless, if this shit blows up that's great,
but we're just going to keep doing what we're doing regardless.
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on
"Discovering The Waterfront"?
Silverstein: We made a record we were 100% happy with. Everything came out exactly
like we wanted.
Musicscan: Any reason you didn't make the jump to a major label? You surely had
Silverstein: Victory is great. They do awesome promotion and really know how to sell
records. A lot of bands on majors are trying to get off majors and on
Musicscan: Was it different writing this album, now that you are more skilled with
your instruments and have been toured a lot?
Silverstein: We all kinda thought the same way when we were writing. We definitely
grew together and I think it was just easier to communicate. The songs
came out a lot easier this time.
Musicscan: There's a pretty significant difference between your Victory-debut and
"Discovering The Waterfront" I would say. To what do you attribute that
Silverstein: Well production wise we took a lot more time and we really learned from
our mistakes from last time. I think it sounds a lot better. We
matured a lot over the last 2 years, I think that came through in our
Musicscan: It seems that your sound is continually changing, while other bands are
stagnant. Is it just me or is there any truth to this?
Silverstein: Some people would say the complete opposite. I mean we stayed heavy, we
still scream, I don't think we changed to much... We definitely didn't
try to change. I think a lot of other bands are trying to be too
experimental, and are forgetting that a hook is a hook and a great song
is a great song.
Musicscan: What does it take to write a particular Silverstein song and how do you
go about writing your songs in general?
Silverstein: Well I write a bunch of songs on my own and then just show them to the
guys. The rest are done by all of us just jamming them out in our jam
Musicscan: When you strip the band down to its core, what would you say is the
message of Silverstein?
Silverstein: That everything will work out in the end. Life moves on, things change,
but ultimately you're a better person at the end of the day.
Musicscan: Unfortunately I don't have access to any lyrics in my promo copy of the
CD, so could you explain who writes what and what sort of themes the
band chooses to deal with?
Silverstein: I write 99% of the lyrics. The main topic is getting through rough
times. There is a strong element of hope on this record which is