Even the first wintery chilly weather of the year didn’t stop the eager fans to line up behind The Brass Monkey doors to grab the last few remaining tickets at the door to see the Burlington post hardcore heavyweights Silverstein on Saturday night.
By the time we got to the venue, Philadelphia’s pop punk band Cedar Green were already through their opening set and the place was absolutely packed. Toronto’s Like Pacific, who just this past summer got to tour in the UK, got on stage as a second opener to warm up the crowd.
Before unleashing the night’s headliner, the audience got a sweet treat with Seaway who are preparing for their huge North American tour starting January in Buffalo and ending in March in Boston. The band delivered an energetic set of pop punk to a seemingly loving crowd. A lot of the band’s material blends in but all is forgiven with the band’s enthusiastic stage presence.
Burlington’s Silverstein has come a long way since their early days in 2000. Within their 17 year stint the band has released eight studio albums, three EP’s, a compilation album and and a live DVD/CD set, and just released a new album, Dead Reflection in June. The band has just returned from a six month long tour in the US and Europe and still seemed to have an amazing amount of kick left to them as they are heading back out to the UK in December.
With crowdpleasers such as The Afterglow, Ghost and My Heroine, the crowd sang along with their idols and by half way through the set the air was getting too thick to even breath.
Even after almost 20 years together, Silverstein has proved to be anything but done.
By Sabrina Sevigny-Hare & Laura Collins