Silverstein at Mill City Nights – 3/1/2016

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Canadian Punk band Silverstein played Mill City Nights yesterday promoting their current album “I Am Alive in Everything I Touch”.

Starting the right was Canadian band Rarity. The 5 piece played their first couple of songs in pretty dim light but the audience was a lot more accepting than certain grumbling photographers. A energetic set got the crowd engaged and for the last song 3 guys started a “mosh pit light”. To quote: “This is an angry song, so when this shit kicks, get angry!”

Next up was Emarosa from Kentucky. They may not look like a hardcore band at first glance but don’t let looks deceive you. Lead singer Bradley Walden must have been cold as he started the set in a parka with the hood up and went to seek the warmth of the crowd by jumping from the stage. After shedding the jacked his still engaged in exercises like jumping over the drum kit and letting one of the guitar players ride on his shoulders.

Being As An Ocean was an experience to say the least. From the first bars singer Joel Quartuccio jumped off stage and spent most of the set either in the audience or on the barrier close to the crowd. He is also not shy to share his opinions with his fans. Their style is a very interesting mix of spoken word and metal. The combination of singer in the crowd, smoke and mostly back lights made capturing them challenging but they are a very cool band to shoot.

Silverstein took the stage around 10PM and their set included a wide range of songs from current to music from their first album going back over a decade now. In a light moment singer Shane Told asked why Minneapolis and Minnesota were so similar in name, realized he had opened a can of worms and promptly transitioned to talk about fishing (using worms). The bands experience showed in the set that was delivered smoothly and was outstanding fun to watch as well as listen to.
Set List: Stand Amid the Roar / Face of the Earth / Your Sword Versus My Dagger / Massachusetts / I Am the Arsonist / In the Dark / Sacrifice / Red Light Pledge / Smile in Your Sleep / Vices / The Continual Condition / In Silent Seas We Drown / One Last Dance / Call It Karma / My Heroine Encore: Toronto / Smashed into Pieces

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