Silverstein has always been one of the best in the music scene at seamlessly blending an aggressive, punishing sound with catchiness and accessibility. They have built their career around their sing/scream style, but always manage to keep it fresh and interesting while other bands fall into generic, stale ruts. With their new single “Massachusetts,” Silverstein show off their strengths and show how they’ve built on them as well.
“Massachusetts” is the second song released from the band’s upcoming seventh record, This is How the Wind Shifts. The album has a unique concept in that every track is connected to another track, telling two sides of the same story.
This track erupts right from the start as the guitar work stands out immediately. The introduction of new guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau seems to have given a new energy to the band, as the riff on this track takes over with unrelenting force. Paul Koehler’s drumming really propels this fast-paced track, which has no shortage of infectious hooks while maintaining noticeable grit throughout.
While the musicianship is certainly impressive, it’s the voice of vocalist Shane Told that steals the show here. Told turns in one of the best performances of his career in this song, both in his screams and his clean vocals. His screams come across as more refined than the previous albums, but still pack power and aggressiveness. His clean vocals are the strongest they’ve ever been, especially during the pre-chorus of “What if I just left/in the middle of the night/back to California?”. Told is at the top of his game here.
“Massachusetts” is an incredibly strong track, sticking with the classic Silverstein sound, but with a new energy. If it is any indication of how the rest of This is How the Wind Shifts will be, it could be a special album.
Listen to “Massachusetts” for yourself at the band’s AbsolutePunk profile page right here.