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Interview:
Silverstein Headlines First Scream It... Tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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The first “Scream It Like You Mean It” tour is a chance for Canadian modern rockers Silverstein, veterans of many a “Vans Warped Tour,” to headline a package of its own during the summer.

“We wanted to do something special, and this was the best way to do it,” says frontman Shane Told, who co-founded the quintet during 2000 in Burlington, Ontario, and spends a fair amount of time in Detroit, where his girlfriend lives. “We got a lot of really great bands and packaged it and have a name and a theme for the tour, which people are really excited about.

“We picked all the bands and approved all the bands, and we’re happy to have all of them,” Told, 29, adds, noting that Silverstein has only toured with two of them — Emery and Dance Gavin Dance — before. “We’re treating it like a headlining tour in a lot of ways, but at the same time, kids are coming out for a lot of value and to see a lot of bands, which is awesome.”

Silverstein is hoping to start working on its fifth studio album this fall, as well as secure a new label deal. Meanwhile, it’s promoting a new live album, “Decade,” that came out in June and hails from a four-night stand at Toronto’s El Mocambo, where the group celebrated its first decade by playing an album in its entirety each night. It was, Told says, an “ambitious ... challenging and extremely exhausting” enterprise, but it’s also given Silverstein more options for the shows it will play this year.

“Since then we’ve done (2005’s) ‘Discovering the Waterfront’ from start to finish a couple of times, and we did a couple shows where we just took requests for the entire set,” he explains. “So on ‘Scream It Like You Mean It’ we don’t want to let people know what they’re gonna get when they show up — maybe a greatest hits set, maybe an album from start to finish, maybe an all-request set ...

“We want to leave everyone guessing a little bit. That’s fun for us and fun for the fans, I think.”



The “Scream It Like You Mean It” tour with Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, I Set My Friends On Fire and more, plays Friday (July 9) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 with a $40 four-pack. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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