It’s not very often that you feel the energy of a triple-billed concert buzzing from the moment the first band steps on stage, but ‘twas the case last Tuesday (March 3) at Boston’s House of Blues, as post-hardcore mainstays Silverstein brought their 20th anniversary tour to the commonwealth in grand style with the help of I The Mighty and hometown favorites Four Year Strong.
While the obvious reason for fans to flock to Lansdowne Street was to celebrate the Canadian quintet’s milestone, San Francisco-bred quartet I The Mighty wasted no time in making sure the crowd was primed and ready to go for the night with a short, but heartfelt set of rippers that had fans singing along from start to finish.
Something special was in the air as the crowd anticipated the arrival of Four Year Strong, and it really isn’t overkill to say that the Worcester natives delivered tenfold. It may have been due to the fact that they’re riding high on a highly-anticipated and critically acclaimed new album, Brain Pain, or maybe it was the fact that the first US show of the lengthy trek was (kinda sorta) on home turf. Whatever it was, the House of Blues shook as the band tore through a righteous dozen of absolute bangers comprised of tracks off the new record like “Get Out of My Head” and “Learn To Love The Lie”, as well as old school favorites like “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now,” “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die,” and their anthemic closer “Wasting Time (Eternal Summer).” The new era of the band is certainly an exciting one in its early stages, and it was proven that, if nothing, the HOB stage could absolutely sustain a headlining set in the future.
While the crowd was battered and bruised by the time the main event set off, there was still enough left in the tank for the whole room to go bonkers as Silverstein frontman Shane Told took the stage and dove headfirst into the first of three sets from the band with “Burn It Down.” From there, it was loud, fast, and unrelenting with the band tearing through a number of greatest hits before taking a breather and leaving Told at center stage to initiate a 6-song acoustic jam session with fan-favorite “Massachusetts” naturally garnering a hearty reception.
As if nostalgia hadn’t run deep enough already, given the milestone that brought them through Boston in the first place, the rest of the band returned full-force to turn the clocks back and run through their breakthrough album, 2005’s Discovering The Waterfront, front-to-back to end the night.
In short, each set bordered on a masterclass on how to set off an absolute barn burner of a show, and regardless of who folks showed up to see, there was enough energy and excitement to go around until the last note rang out.
Article: Jason Greenough