Saturday night, sentiment, nostalgia and good vibes were alive and well at the Varsity Theater as Silverstein celebrated the 15 Year Anniversary of their debut album When Broken is Easily Fixed. Silverstein has been a band since 2003 and are considered some of the true pioneers of the emo genre. Given the fact that Silverstein were playing two sets (one including the performance of their debut album in full), there was a certain buzz in the air that attracted many fans to line up at the theater before doors even opened.
When I got to the venue, I thought of this show as sort of an “indoor Warped Tour in January.” Most of these bands (especially Silverstein) are Warped Tour heavyweights, and have been touring the country extensively during their career. With the lineup of Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn and Capstan, it was hard not to feel some kind of summer punk vibe even in the dead of winter.
The first band on the bill was Capstan. Capstan is post hardcore band that bring some interesting and refreshing dynamics to the table. When you’re a post-hardcore band, I feel like it’s easy to get buried into a niche with your sound. However, I feel like Capstan breaks the mold. Ranging from aggressive riffs to softer melodies, they were heavy, melodic, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
Overall, it was a really fun evening. I’m glad I got to witness the celebration of such a classic album in the alt-rock and emo world. Silverstein and friends put on a great show, and it was definitely worth the visit as feelings of warmth and nostalgia filled me and made me feel good when the cold Minneapolis air did not.