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
Studio Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California
Maple Sound Studios, Santa Ana, California
Genre Post-hardcore, emo
Length 39:08
Label Victory
Producer Cameron Webb
Silverstein chronology
When Broken Is Easily Fixed
(2003)When Broken Is Easily Fixed2003
Discovering the Waterfront
18 Candles: The Early Years
(2006)18 Candles: The Early Years2006
Singles from Discovering the Waterfront
  1. "Smile in Your Sleep"
    Released: July 19, 2005

Discovering the Waterfront is the second studio album by Canadian 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]


Between mid June and mid August 2005, the group went on the 2005 edition of Warped Tour.[6] "Smile in Your Sleep" was released as a radio single on July 19.[7] Discovering the Waterfront was released on August 16 through Victory.[8][nb 2] In February 2006, the band went on a short headlining tour in the U.S. with support from Spitalfield, The Audition, and Stretch Arm Strong.[9] On February 28, a music video was released for "Discovering the Waterfront".[10] The band went on the 2006 edition of the Take Action Tour in March,[11] before joining the 2006 edition of the Taste of Chaos tour in April.[12]

The band went on the 2006 edition of the Warped Tour.[10] In August, the band made an appearance at Dirt Fest.[13] The album was reissued on September 19 with a DVD and the bonus track "Rodeo Clown".[8][nb 3] In September, the band supported Underoath on their tour of Canada.[14] In October and November, the band went on a headlining tour of the US, dubbed the Never Shave Again Tour, with support from Aiden, It Dies Today, He Is Legend, Man Alive, the Blackout Pact and I Killed the Prom Queen.[15]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[16]
Drowned in Sound 2/10[17]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[18] 2.5/5 stars [19]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[16] Drowned in Sound reviewer Brian E. Jemimah panned the album and said that the album sounded exactly the same as 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."[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Discovering the Waterfront charted at number 34 on the Billboard 200 chart[20] and number 3 on the Independent Albums chart.[21] It also landed at number 42 on the Billboard Independent Albums Year-end chart.[22] By the end of 2005, the album had sold over 100,000 copies in the U.S.[9] By August 2006, the album had sold over 188,000 copies.[23] As of June 2007, the album has sold 232,000 copies.[24] On the album's 10th anniversary the band posted a photo that mentioned the album had sold 400,000 copies.[25]


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: 39:08


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[8]
  3. ^ U.S. Victory VR324[8]
  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. ^ Kaufman, Gil (March 3, 2005). "Warped Tour Lineup, Itinerary Officially Announced". MTV. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  7. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Silverstein Releases". Victory Records. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Silverstein to tour with Spitalfield, Stretch Arm Strong in February". Alternative Press. December 15, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Silverstein debut "Discovering The Waterfront" video". Alternative Press. February 28, 2006. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Chiodos, Roses Are Red on Take Action! '06; dates announced". Alternative Press. January 4, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Taste Of Chaos confirms date-by-date band lineups". Alternative Press. January 13, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Dirt Fest 2006 - THE DILLINGER ESCPAPE PLAN, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Among Confirmed Acts". Brave Words. August 4, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Underoath touring Canada with Silverstein, Moneen this Sept". Alternative Press. July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Silverstein announce "Never Shave Again" U.S. tour with Aiden". Alternative Press. September 1, 2006. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Anderson, Rick (2005-08-16). "Discovering the Waterfront - Silverstein | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  17. ^ a b Brian E. Jemimah. "Album Review: Silverstein - Discovering The Waterfront". DrownedInSound. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Silverstein". PopMatters. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Silverstein - Discovering The Waterfront". Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  20. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums (Year end))". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  23. ^ Kohli, Rohan (August 10, 2006). "Soundscan Results: Week Ending August 6th, 2006". Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ Martens, Todd (June 16, 2007). "Onward And Upward". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 119 (24): 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  25. ^ "10 Years ago today. Thank you. #dtw10". Retrieved August 16, 2015. 

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