When Broken Is Easily Fixed

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When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Studio album by Silverstein
Released May 20, 2003
Recorded January – February 2003
Mount Fairview and Unity Gain
Length 37:19
Label Victory
Producer Justin Koop
Silverstein chronology
When the Shadows Beam
(2002)When the Shadows Beam2002
When Broken Is Easily Fixed
Discovering the Waterfront
(2005)Discovering the Waterfront2005

When Broken Is Easily Fixed is the debut studio album by Canadian rock band Silverstein, released in 2003 under the label Victory Records.

Background and recording[edit]

Forming in early 2000,[2] Silverstein released two EPs, Summer's Stellar Gaze (2000) and When the Shadows Beam (2002).[3] On October 22, 2002, it was announced that the band had signed to Victory Records.[4]

When Broken Is Easily Fixed was recorded at Mount Fairview and Unity Gain between January and February 2003 with producer Justin Koop.[5] Koop engineered and mixed the album; Koop was assisted by engineer Rob Turri at Mount Fairview.[5] Rainer Tan provided violin, while Shane Told and Richard McWalter supplied additional guitar.[5] Kyle Bishop gave additional vocals to the title track.[5] The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side.[5]


When Broken Is Easily Fixed was released on May 20, 2003[6] on Victory.[7][nb 1] Martin Wittfooth created the artwork.[5][nb 2] The album was reissued on September 14, 2004 with a DVD and two bonus tracks, "Friends in Fall River" and "Forever and a Day".[7][nb 3]

The "Smashed into Pieces" music video featured the whole band dressed in black pants and white shirts, with red ties, however singer Shane Told is wearing the opposite; red shirt and white tie. The video begins pixelated, but then slowly becomes clear to show a completely white room, with the instruments set up around the room. The song begins playing, as the band members walk in, pick up their instruments, and start playing with the song. In the final minute of the song, oil splashes across the members of the band, but they keep on playing, until the entire scene is covered in oil. However soon after, the oil flies off and they go on to finish the song clean. When the song finishes playing, they walk out in reverse.

The "Giving Up" music video follows a depressed man, who is remembering times spent with an ex-girlfriend. These scenes are entwined with shots of the band playing, which are mostly shot using fisheye lens.

"Smashed into Pieces" was re-recorded by the band in 2013 and released on May 20 to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the album.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Exclaim! No rating[10]
Metal Hammer 6/7[11]
Punknews.org 0.5/5 stars[12]

As of June 2007, the album has sold 179,000 copies.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Smashed into Pieces" Shane Told Told 3:44
2. "Red Light Pledge" Told Told 3:51
3. "Giving Up" Told Told 4:12
4. "November" Josh Bradford, Told Neil Boshart 4:15
5. "Last Days of Summer" Told Boshart 4:30
6. "Bleeds No More" Told Told 3:16
7. "Hear Me Out" Told Bradford, Boshart, Told 3:50
8. "The Weak and the Wounded" Told Boshart 3:15
9. "Wish I Could Forget You" Paul Koehler, Told Richard McWalter, Bradford 3:26
10. "When Broken Is Easily Fixed" Told, Bradford Bradford, Boshart 4:20
Total length: 37:19


Personnel per booklet.[5]

  • Shane Told – vocals
  • Paul Koehler – drums
  • Neil Boshart – lead guitar
  • Josh Bradford – rhythm guitar
  • Billy Hamilton – bass guitar
Additional personnel and production
  • Justin Koop – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Rob Turri – assistant engineer
  • Alan Douches – mastering
  • Rainer Tan – violin
  • Shane Told, Richard McWalter – additional guitar
  • Kyle Bishop – additional vocals on "When Broken Is Easily Fixed"
  • Martin Wittfooth – artwork
  • Eric Deleporte – design

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[14] 48
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[14] 45


  1. ^ U.S. Victory VR192[7]
  2. ^ An early version of the artwork, dated January 23, 2003, featured the robot in a different position.[8]
  3. ^ U.S. Victory VR237[7]
  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "When Broken Is Easily Fixed - Silverstein | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "SILVERSTEIN". silversteinmusic.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Silverstein". silversteinmusic.com. Archived from the original on 5 November 2002. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Victory Records - News". Victory Records. Archived from the original on December 1, 2002. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g When Broken Is Easily Fixed (Booklet). Silverstein. Victory. 2003. VR192. 
  6. ^ Santangelo, Antonia (April 21, 2003). "Tour Tidbits". CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. 75 (810): 34. ISSN 0890-0795. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Silverstein Releases". Victory Records. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Silverstein re-record "Smashed Into Pieces," offer free download - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Green, Stuart (June 1, 2003). "Silverstein When Broken Is Easily Fixed". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Salmutter, Elmar (July 1, 2003). "Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed". Metal Hammer. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Megan (May 20, 2003). "Silverstein - When Broken Is Easily Fixed". Punknews.org. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ Martens, Todd (June 16, 2007). "Onward And Upward". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 119 (24): 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  14. ^ a b "Silverstein | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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