A Shipwreck in the Sand

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A Shipwreck in the Sand
A Shipwreck in the Sand (Silverstein album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Silverstein
Released March 31, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Studio Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, Ontario
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 47:15
Label Victory
Producer Cameron Webb
Silverstein chronology
Arrivals & Departures
(2007)Arrivals & Departures2007
A Shipwreck in the Sand
(2009)
Decade (Live at the El Mocambo)
(2010)Decade (Live at the El Mocambo)2010
Singles from A Shipwreck in the Sand
  1. "Vices"
    Released: March 17, 2009

A Shipwreck in the Sand is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band, Silverstein, released March 31, 2009 through Victory.

Background and recording[edit]

A Shipwreck in the Sand was recorded at Metalworks Studios, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, with producer Cameron Webb, who also engineered and mixed it.[1][nb 1] Silverstein returned to Discovering the Waterfront (2005) producer Cameron Webb, after being disappointed with the recording process of their previous album, Arrivals & Departures (2007),[6][7][8] which was produced by Mark Trombino.[9]

Mixing took place at Maple Studios in Santa Ana, California, U.S.[1] Sergio Chavez provided additional engineering, while Kevin Dietz was assistant engineer at Metalworks Studios.[1] The album was mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering.[1]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The album features a much heavier sound. With some tracks that are soft, it also has some very heavy tracks and is considered their heaviest album.[10] The album contains influences from post-hardcore, emo,[11] hardcore punk[12] and heavy metal.[10] The album features a conceptual storyline, written by lead vocalist Shane Told. Prior to the release of the album, an official album website was revealed,[13] which told the tale of a vessel which set sail to find resources, and begin a new world, but when no new land is to be found, the crew revolts and turns against their captain.

The website also carried the tagline, "Betrayal. Arson. Infidelity. True Love.". The album is divided into four chapters: It Burns Within Us All (tracks 1–3), Liars, Cheaters and Thieves (tracks 4–7), Fight Fire with Fire (tracks 8–10), and Death and Taxes (tracks 11–14).[14] Upon release of the album, it was revealed the story of the ship and its captain was just a metaphor of betrayal, similar to that faced by the protagonist in the main storyline. Alongside the main storyline, some songs tackle individual issues, such as "Born Dead", which talks about the problems with the American health system.[8] "The protagonist of the story is sick, terminally ill, and can't get health care," says Told. "That's a big reason for the problems that he's facing in his life."[15] The track, "We Are Not The World" attacks the government and the problems of war.[16] In an interview filmed for the Decade (Live at the El Mocambo) live album, Shane Told states the following;

Release[edit]

On October 3, 2008, the band posted a demo titled "Broken Stars" online.[17] The song was originally written during the sessions for the band's previous album, Arrivals & Departures. In October and November, the band went on a co-headlining tour of the US with Chiodos. They were supported by Escape the Fate.[18] On January 28, 2009, the album's track listing and artwork was revealed.[14] The following day, the accompanying story to the album's concept was revealed.[19] In February, the band went a Brazilian tour,[20] followed by a tour of Australia as part of the Soundwave festival in February and March.[21] On March 5, the band posted a clip of new track, titled "Vices".[22] On March 15, they posted a clip of "Born Dead".[23] On March 17, they shot a music video for "Vices" with director Robby Starbuck. On March 18, the band posted a clip of "American Dream".[24]

On March 23, "Vices" was posted on the group's Myspace profile.[25] The following day, the album was made available for streaming on Myspace,[26] before being released on March 31 through Victory Records.[27][nb 2] A CD/DVD version was also released.[27][nb 3] In March and April, the band went on a tour of the US alongside Norma Jean, Blessthefall and Before Their Eyes.[28] Norma Jean left the tour in early April and were replaced by A Static Lullaby.[29] Further dates were added, extending the tour into May,[20] prior to an appearance at The Bamboozle festival.[30] In June and, the band went on performed a handful of shows in Canada and the US. The Canadian dates were played with I Am Committing a Sin and Desperate Union, while the US dates were with Poison the Well, the Sleeping and Oceana. Following this, the band performed two stints on Warped Tour in mid-July and mid-to-late August.[31] Starbuck directed their video for "American Dream", released on May 18, 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (77%) [32]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars link
DecoyMusic.com 3/5 stars[10]
MusicEmissions.com 4/5 stars[12]

A Shipwreck in the Sand received mainly positive reviews from music critics and fans alike. It peaked at number thirty three on the Billboard 200 album chart, a position higher than 2005's Discovering the Waterfront, however not reaching the height of its predecessor, Arrivals & Departures.[33]

Daniel Thompson of Music Emissions suggested the album "may very well be the band's best album to date", and praised the diversity of musical styles present on the album, however criticized the repetitiveness of the lyrics stating, "it gets annoying hearing about the same thing in every song".[34] Michael Roberts from Sputnikmusic wrote that the album contains "conceptual, musical and lyrical faults" but praised the band's "superb combination of heavy and melodic sections, improved song construction and memorable hooks" and dubbed the album "a strong release from the Canadian quintet".[35] Drew Beringer of AbsolutePunk also gave a mainly positive review, calling it an "enjoyable, catchy album that digs deeper than most bands in its genre", giving the album an overall rating of 77% and saying although "musically, the album doesn’t implement a new sound or direction" it is "a refinement and polishing of the things the band has tried over the years".[36]

Track listing[edit]

Chapter One – It Burns Within Us All
No. Title Length
1. "A Great Fire" 4:00
2. "Vices" (featuring Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats[37]) 3:19
3. "Broken Stars" 3:30
Chapter Two – Liars, Cheaters and Thieves
No. Title Length
4. "American Dream" 3:05
5. "Their Lips Sink Ships" 1:02
6. "I Knew I Couldn't Trust You" 3:29
7. "Born Dead" (featuring Scott Wade of Comeback Kid[37]) 2:51
Chapter Three – Fight Fire with Fire
No. Title Length
8. "A Shipwreck in the Sand" 4:38
9. "I Am the Arsonist" 3:08
10. "You're All I Have" 3:33
Chapter Four – Death and Taxes
No. Title Length
11. "We Are Not the World" 3:21
12. "A Hero Loses Everyday" 3:08
13. "The Tide Raises Every Ship" 0:46
14. "The End" (featuring Lights[37]) 7:25
Total length: 47:15

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[39] 33
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[40] 7
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[41] 33
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums[42] 4
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[43] 3
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[44] 10

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Webb previously worked with the band producing Discovering the Waterfront (2005).[2] He would later work with the band, mixing Decade (Live at the El Mocambo) (2010),[3] Transitions (2010)[4] and Rescue (2011).[5]
  2. ^ U.S. Victory VR458[27]
  3. ^ U.S. Victory VR513[27]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e A Shipwreck in the Sand (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2009. VR458. 
  2. ^ Discovering the Waterfront (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2005. VR257. 
  3. ^ Decade (Live at the El Mocambo) (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2010. VR589. 
  4. ^ Transitions (Booklet). Silverstein. Hopeless. 2010. HR726-2. 
  5. ^ Rescue (Booklet). Silverstein. Hopeless. 2011. HR9726-2. 
  6. ^ "Silverstein: A Shipwreck in the Sand". thedwarf.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  7. ^ Kiara.Cullen says: (2009-05-12). "Interview With Silverstein Frontman Shane Todd". Thedailyrock.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ a b c "Decade (Live at the El Mocambo) DVD, Victory Records",
  9. ^ Canoe inc. "CANOE - JAM! Silverstein: Post-punks Silverstein unbound". canoe.com. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Silverstein - A Shipwreck In The Sand Review". Decoy Music. 
  11. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r1497939
  12. ^ a b "Silverstein - A Shipwreck In The Sand Review". Music Emissions. 
  13. ^ a b "Official Album Website". Archived from the original on 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  14. ^ a b "Silverstein detail A Shipwreck In The Sand". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. January 28, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  15. ^ Hardin, Chet. "Colorado Springs Independent". Csindy.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  16. ^ "Silverstein - A Shipwreck in the Sand (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  17. ^ "Silverstein post new demo: "Broken Stars"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 3, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Chiodos and Silverstein announce co-headlining tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. August 11, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ Official Album Website, [1] Archived 2010-01-16 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved January 29, 2009.
  20. ^ a b "Second half of Silverstein and Norma Jean tour dates announced". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 12, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2017. 
  21. ^ Hutton, Sarah (September 23, 2008). "Soundwave Line-up 2009". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Silverstein post "Vices" clip". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 5, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Silverstein post second new song clip". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 15, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Silverstein post "American Dream" clip". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 18, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Silverstein post "Vices"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 23, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Silverstein stream new album online". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. March 24, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  27. ^ a b c d "Silverstein Releases". Victory Records. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "Silverstein US tour dates". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. January 30, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  29. ^ "A Static Lullaby added to Silverstein tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. April 6, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Bamboozle set single-day lineups". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 8, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Silverstein confirm pre-Warped dates with Poison The Well". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. May 22, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Silverstein - A Shipwreck In the Sand". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  33. ^ "T.I. Is Top Dog Again On The Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  34. ^ "Silverstein - A Shipwreck In The Sand Review from". Music Emissions. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  35. ^ "Silverstein - A Shipwreck in the Sand (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  36. ^ "Silverstein - A Shipwreck In the Sand - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  37. ^ a b c DeAndrea, Joe. "Guests on New Silverstein Record" AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
  38. ^ Silverstein (2009). A Shipwreck in the Sand (DVD). Victory. Event occurs at 42:50. VR513. 
  39. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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