Short Songs

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Short Songs
Studio album by Silverstein
Released February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
Recorded October 17–29, 2011
Sundown Studios, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Genre Screamo,[1] post-hardcore
Length 19:39
Label Hopeless
Producer Jordan Valeriote
Silverstein chronology
Rescue
(2011)
Short Songs
(2012)
This Is How the Wind Shifts
(2013)

Short Songs is the sixth studio album[2][3][4][5] by Canadian band Silverstein. The release has an untraditional amount of songs at 22, though as its title suggests, all songs are short and mostly under 90 seconds. Only 11 of the songs are original, while the other 11 are covers of songs by notable punk and hardcore bands that influenced Silverstein, such as Green Day, Dead Kennedys, Gorilla Biscuits and NOFX. It is the band's second release on Hopeless Records and like their last release, it was also produced by Jordan Valeriote. It is also the band's last release with long-time guitarist Neil Boshart, who left the band in the summer of 2012.

Background information[edit]

Silverstein entered the studio in October 2011 with producer Jordan Valeriote, who produced their last studio album Rescue (2011) as well as their Transitions (2010) EP, to record a new release which was described by the band as a "mini-album" and "an extension of Rescue". The material came together very quickly and the band wanted to release it fast, scheduling January 2012 release, instead of making their fans wait for their next proper album.[6] In a promotional video describing the project, Silverstein drummer Paul Koehler said, "Most people might associate a 'short song' with a fast punk rock vibe, but that's not always the case. There will still be a ballad, a breakdown, and some singalongs, all amidst these quick songs. The idea is to give the listeners a mini-Silverstein album, and take them through all of the peaks and valleys they could expect from any of our original albums."[6] The cover of the Dead Kennedys' "Short Songs" was recorded with additional guest vocals from many singers of notable punk and hardcore bands, including Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Chris Hannah of Propagandhi and many more. Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats also recorded guest vocals on the song "xOn Our Kneesx."[7]

Release and promotion[edit]

In October 24, 2011, the band uploaded a video for the song "See Ya Bill" at their official YouTube channel.[8] In December 2011, the band streamed for free three songs off the album: "SOS,"[9] "Brookfield,"[9] and "Sin & Redemption,"[10] as well as three cover songs: Gorilla Biscuits' "Good Intentions,"[9] Green Day's "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink,"[10] and NOFX's "It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite,"[11]

A music video for "Brookfield" premiered in January 23, 2012. The video was directed by Josh Bradford.[12] On February 5, 2012, two days prior to the release of the album Silverstein uploaded the entire album onto their MySpace profile.[13]

Prior to the album's release while on tour with August Burns Red 200 Vinyl copies were made available. It came with a silk screened dust cover that was hand numbered.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blare Magazine 4/5 stars[14]
Rock Sound (7/10)[15]
Under The Gun Review (8/10)[16]

The album debuted at number 133 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Tracks 1–11 written by Silverstein. Lyrics by Shane Told, except "La Marseillaise" translated from "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle and "See Ya Bill" by Josh Bradford.[18]

Set 1:
  1. "Sick as Your Secrets" – 1:08
  2. "Sin & Redemption" – 1:09
  3. "SOS" – 1:36
  4. "Brookfield" – 1:30
  5. "La Marseillaise" – 0:48
  6. "World on Fire" – 1:24
  7. "Sleep Around" – 1:19
  8. "My Miserable Life" – 0:28
  9. "Truth & Temptation" – 0:44
  10. "One Last Dance" – 1:26
  11. "See Ya Bill" – 0:06
Set 2:
  1. "Short Songs" (Dead Kennedys cover) – 0:24
  2. "236 E. Broadway" (Gob cover) – 1:20
  3. "Good Intentions" (Gorilla Biscuits cover) – 0:26
  4. "Destination: Blood!" (Orchid cover) – 1:08
  5. "Coffee Mug" (Descendents cover) – 0:33
  6. "xOn Our Kneesx" (The Swarm cover) – 0:24
  7. "Scenes from Parisian Life" (The Promise Ring cover) – 1:21
  8. "It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite" (NOFX cover) – 1:24
  9. "Quit Your Job" (Chixdiggit cover) – 0:23
  10. "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" (Green Day cover) – 0:33
  11. "You Gotta Stay Positive" (Good Clean Fun cover) – 0:05

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per digital booklet.[18]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2012) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums[19] 15
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[20] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 11, 2012). "Silverstein - Short Songs". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 19, 2015. Silverstein have become contemporary screamo’s answer to Less Than Jake 
  2. ^ Greenwald, David (January 23, 2012). "Video Premiere: Silverstein, 'Brookfield'". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Silverstein – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Noisecreep Staff (February 6, 2012). "Silverstein's Shane Told’s 10 Favorite Short Songs". Noisecreep. Townsquare Media. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bird, Michele (October 29, 2011). "Silverstein complete 'Short Songs' album". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Yancey, Bryne (October 18, 2011). "Silverstein working on 'Short Songs' project". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Paul, Aubin (December 1, 2011). "Silverstein album features Rise Against, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, Swellers members". Punknews.org. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Silverstein SHORT SONGS - See Yah Bill!". Youtube.com. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Silverstein". Bandcamp.com. December 1, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Premiere: Silverstein's "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" and "Sin And Redemption"". Alternative Press. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Punknews.org: Silverstein". Punknews.org. December 19, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brookfield Silverstein Music Video MTV". MTV.com. January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ Common, Tyler (February 5, 2012). "Silverstein now streaming "Short Songs"". Alternative Press. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ Joshua Khan (February 4, 2012). "REVIEW: Silverstein – "Short Songs"". Blare Magazine. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Silverstein - Short Songs | Reviews | Rock Sound". Andy Ritchie. Rock Sound. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Silverstein - Short Songs | Under The Gun Review". Grace Duffy. Under The Gun Review. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Charts/ALBUMS.html
  18. ^ a b Short Songs (Sleeve). Silverstein. Hopeless. 2012. HR747-2. 
  19. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014.