Discovering the Waterfront

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Discovering the Waterfront
Discovering the waterfront cover.jpg
Studio album by Silverstein
Released August 16, 2005
Recorded March–April 2005, at
Capitol Studios,
Hollywood, California;
Maple Sound Studios,
Santa Ana, California
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 39:08
Label Victory
Producer Cameron Webb
Silverstein chronology
When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Discovering the Waterfront
18 Candles: The Early Years
Alternative Cover
Re-release cover

Discovering the Waterfront is the second full-length album released by the post-hardcore band Silverstein. The album was promoted with three music videos for the tracks "Smile in Your Sleep", "Discovering the Waterfront", and "My Heroine".


Discovering the Waterfront was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, and Maple Sound Studios in Santa Ana, California, between March and April 2005 with producer Cameron Webb.[1][nb 1] Webb also engineered and mixed the album.[1]


Discovering the Waterfront was released on August 16, 2005 on Victory.[6][nb 2] The album was reissued on September 19, 2006 with a DVD and the bonus track "Rodeo Clown".[6][nb 3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [7]
Drowned in Sound (2/10)[8]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[9] 2.5/5 stars [10]

Discovering the Waterfront received generally mixed to positive reviews. Rick Anderson of Allmusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and commented on how the album sounded "remarkably mature [...] for a band that has only been together for a few years."[7] Drowned in Sound reviewer Brian E. Jemimah panned the album and said that the album sounded exactly the same to When Broken Is Easily Fixed (2003). He wrote: "There is some unremarkable, bog-standard drumming – always the necessary spine of a shit band – and some over-nurtured songs that have so many catchy soaring choruses (peppered with screamo ‘moments’) for The Kids to sing along to that it can be nothing but dull. Add some disgustingly tacked-on strings half the way through and you have mroe [sic] than enough reasons to press eject."[8]

Discovering the Waterfront charted at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart[11] and number 3 on the Independent Albums chart.[12] It also landed at number 42 on the Billboard Independent Albums Year-end chart.[13] As of June 2007, the album has sold 232,000 copies.[14] On the album's 10th anniversary the band posted a photo that mentioned the album had sold 400,000 copies.[15]

Tenth anniversary[edit]

In honor of its tenth anniversary, Silverstein embarked on a Discovering the Waterfront tour beginning on 15 January 2015. It is a worldwide tour, consisting of US/Canada, Europe, UK and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Boshart and Shane Told, except where noted. All songs performed by Silverstein.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Your Sword versus My Dagger"   Told 3:00
2. "Smile in Your Sleep"     3:13
3. "The Ides of March"     3:29
4. "Fist Wrapped in Blood"   Told 2:58
5. "Discovering the Waterfront"   Boshart, Sean Mackin, Told 4:45
6. "Defend You"     3:28
7. "My Heroine"   Told 3:27
8. "Always and Never"     3:51
9. "Already Dead"     3:17
10. "Three Hours Back"     3:36
11. "Call It Karma"   Told 4:14
Total length:


Personnel per booklet.[1]

Chart positions[edit]


  1. ^ Webb would later work with the band producing A Shipwreck in the Sand (2009),[2] and mixing Decade (Live at the El Mocambo) (2010),[3] Transitions (2010)[4] and Rescue (2011).[5]
  2. ^ U.S. Victory VR257[6]
  3. ^ U.S. Victory VR324[6]
  1. ^ a b c Discovering the Waterfront (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2005. VR257. 
  2. ^ A Shipwreck in the Sand (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2009. VR458. 
  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. ^ a b c d "Silverstein Releases". Victory Records. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Anderson, Rick (2005-08-16). "Discovering the Waterfront - Silverstein | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  8. ^ a b Brian E. Jemimah. "Album Review: Silverstein - Discovering The Waterfront". DrownedInSound. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Silverstein". PopMatters. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Silverstein - Discovering The Waterfront". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  11. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums (Year end))". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ Martens, Todd (June 16, 2007). "Onward And Upward". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 119 (24): 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  15. ^ "10 Years ago today. Thank you. #dtw10". Retrieved August 16, 2015. 

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