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Silverstein / Tonight Alive 2/27/18 Live Show Review

Silverstein / Tonight Alive 2/27/18

Live Show Review

By Gabe Straight, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


I was introduced to Silverstein through my friend, who I ended up going to the show with. Even though I enjoyed and respected their music, I never had the urge to listen to them on my own. And if that wasn’t enough, I went into this show having barely listened to any of the bands on the lineup. I did this purposely because I wanted to see if I could enjoy a band solely based off their stage presence, fan reaction, attitude, and basically everything people look for in live shows.


Silverstein are almost a year removed from their last release Dead Reflection while Tonight Alive has been promoting their month-old effort Underworld.  The gig was held at Paradise in Allston, MA.  One of the nicest surprises going into the show was the knowledge of Broadside being on the lineup. While I haven’t listened to the band (like I said), I knew they were a modern pop punk band, fitting in with bands like The Story So Far, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep, and other of my favorite bands right now, so needless to say I was looking forward to their set.


The first band to go on was Kentucky’s Picturesque, who blended electronic and emo with post-hardcore elements. This band was anything but lacking in stage presence. I could tell the band, especially lead singer Kyle Hollis, were passionate about what they were singing about. If there was anything I drew from their set, it was this: the impressive vocal range of Hollis, Picturesque’s tight performance/synergy and politeness (thanking the headliners, talking to fans after their set), but also how every song seemed to have the lead guitar playing a tapping solo and admittedly hard-to-swallow tone of Hollis’s voice. Overall, I enjoyed their set.


After them was Broadside, and it was clear by the audience reaction that Broadside was the more established band. The crowd knew the lyrics, were jumping and moshing around, and you could tell the band was just having a good time. I loved the way singer Ollie would roll his tongue before singing, just because he wanted to. I laughed every time he did.


Moving into the headliners was Australia’s Tonight Alive. You could really tell they loved their fans by how they performed. Vocalist,Jenna McDougall, consistently went to the edge of the stage to give fans high fives and standing on the guardrails separating the stage from the fans and singing in their faces. The songs of Tonight Alive were really catchy too. I loved their simplicity and feel. I couldn’t help but jump around and enjoy myself. My critiques of them are mainly subjective. I was disappointed by the lack of passion the bassist had the whole set. He mostly stood around while the rest of the band was giving it their all. Also, the band made it clear their mindset of being free and having self-confidence, as McDougall would frequently make mini-speeches in between songs to address the crowd. I know for a fact there were dozens of kids in the room that loved hearing what she was saying, I just felt it was a little much.


Last but absolutely not in any way last, Silverstein took the stage. From the first few bars of their first song, the crowd was going nuts. Silverstein was passionate, fun, aggressive, and had crazy synergy. The breakdowns were groovy in all the best ways. However, far and away my favorite part of the set was watching the two guitarists. They would rock out together and jump in sync. At one point, one of them threw a pick, and the other caught in their mouth. Guitarist B then spit the pick out and guitarist A caught it and continued playing. There is no way in hell they didn’t rehearse that during soundcheck, but that was so awesome to see. Silverstein took a break in their set with a small piano ballad and an almost-acoustic version of “My Heroine,” which the crowd knew so well, you could hear the audience over the band. It’s always my favorite part of shows when the audience is singing along together. Silverstein never losses steam throughout their set. After they played their encore and their set was done, Silverstein stayed on stage, gave out drumsticks and guitar picks, and gave fans high fives. It sucked and I hated it.


I’m just kidding, it was amazing and I loved how much they cared about their fans. This was a very fun night, and every band brought it. My Spotify playlist just got a little bit bigger.

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