2015 is a monumental year for definitive albums turning ten years old. With that, 2015 has also been rife with ten-year anniversary tours to celebrate those albums. The first one I happened to catch this year was Silverstein‘s celebration for their breakout second record Discovering the Waterfront. Successfully selling out Philadelphia’s Union Transfer, Silverstein brought Hands Like Houses, Major League, and My Iron Lung along for the ride.
Thanks to terrible traffic, I missed My Iron Lung and Major League, but made it just in time to catch the last two bands of the evening. Check out what I thought of (the latter half of) the show and take a look at my photos below:
I had been waiting to see Australia’s Hands Like Houses for a couple of years, ever since hearing their debut record Ground Dweller. By the time 2013’s Unimagine was released, I knew I had to see this band. What I witnessed was a band too talented for the post-hardcore genre and basically owning up to it. Vocalist Trenton Woodley has an absolutely incredible range and was not shy in showing it. The technicalities displayed by each member further solidified the fact that there must be something funky in the water down under, because HLH absolutely annihilated their set.
Silverstein have been masters of their craft for fifteen years. It just looks so simple for them to blast through any song from their seven-record discography to the point where you have to make sure it’s the same band. Starting things off with When Broken is Easily Fixed opener “Smashed Into Pieces”, Silverstein brought out the energy that was building and looming overhead in the crowd. This song was also another indicator that the security staff at Union Transfer, while great at what they do, have no idea how to handle photographers and a photo pit in general, as they kicked all of us out upon sighting the first crowd surfer of the set. For the remainder of the night, I was stuck within the crowd, but it didn’t matter.
As the band ripped through current fan favorites like A Shipwreck in the Sand‘s “Vices” and “Massachusetts” from 2013’s This is How the Wind Shifts, the energy was only rising and the band was as connected to the fans as ever. I was personally amped to finally see their latest single, “A Midwestern State of Emergency” performed live and it only got me more excited to hear their upcoming eighth record I Am Alive in Everything I Touch. After eight songs, the band took a short break before their backdrop switched to the iconic album artwork and they came back out, guns blazing, to perform “Your Sword vs. My Dagger” followed by the rest of the record everyone was there to hear. They burst through the record, which featured standout songs like the title track, “My Heroine”, and “Smile in Your Sleep”, and fans continuously rejoiced until it was time to leave.