Silverstein // Live @ The Fillmore // 03.11.20
Guest Contributor: Jason Robey (Wicked Garden Media)
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Hot on the heels of their latest record, veteran punk /emo band Silverstein brought their 20th anniversary tour to a sold-out room at the Fillmore Underground on Wednesday night. The low ceiling of the dimly-lit venue could barely contain the enthusiastic crowd as they jumped and screamed for the Canadian rockers.
I the Mighty
The perfect warm up for what was to follow, as the crowd-surfing began...
The evening began with a 30-minute set by bay-area four-piece I the Mighty, tearing into the opening of "Pet Names," from their 2017 album Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let It Go. By the time they kicked into their second song, the venue was nearly full. Their short set was a perfect warm up for what was to follow, as the crowd-surfing began by their closing song, "Speak to Me," from their 2013 debut record, Satori.
I the Mighty
Four Year Strong
...leaving the crow sweaty and restless for the headliners...
Following a short break, Massachusetts punk group Four Year Strong took the stage with their 2010 single "It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now." The band brought the energy and volume to a new level, as crowd members began pouring over the barrier, to be caught and released back to the wild by security. The band ripped through their set, barely taking time to breathe between songs, including long-time fan favorites and a handful of songs from their latest album, Brain Pain, released less than two weeks before the show. The band closed with "Wasting Time," leaving the crowd sweaty and restless for the headliners.
Four Year Strong
...an onslaught of songs from the band's entire catalog at breakneck speed...
As the house lights went dark, bars of green LED lights back-lit the stage, welcoming the members of Silverstein to the stage. They immediately kicked into their first song, "Burn It Down," from the band's new album, A Beautiful Place To Drown, released only five days prior. What followed was an onslaught of songs from the band’s entire catalog at breakneck speed, with a raucous energy matched by the moshing crowd.
Halfway through the set they broke out acoustic guitars for a six song set of quieter songs, starting with solo performance of“Massachusetts,” by vocalist Shane Told, and eventually concluding with "Toronto." The crowd shifted moods along with the band, pausing the mosh pit to sing and sway along with the emotional, violin-backed mini-set.
The home stretch of the two hour show featured some of the band's heaviest and fastest songs, such as "Always and Never" and "Defend You." The crowd surfing and moshing only intensified as they closed their set with "Bleeds No More," from their 2003 debut record, and the ceiling rained confetti on the room in celebration.