The 2008 Vans Boys Of Summer Tour marks the third time those crazy canucks in Silverstein will be making the journey to our fair country.
Front man Shane Told was nice enough to answer these questions…
Interview w/ Shane Told (Vocals)
By Cameron Chambers
Hey, how are you Shane?
I’m doing really good thanks
man. I’m so sorry about the delays and running behind time today…
Not a problem Shane, I’m
sure you’re under the pump with interviews.
Well, there’s a few but its
no big deal.
guys are at the tail end of a European tour, how have the shows been
They’ve been going great
man… really good!
You know, initially, when we
came out for the first time, our growth was as fast as the US or Canada
or even Australia… it took a bit longer for people to get into it
This is really the first time
where we’ve seen the same level of excitement that we’ve seen in
other places… especially while we’re here doing these German shows!
They’ve all been sold out… I don’t know how many tickets that
means we’ve sold but it’s totally crazy! I don’t know what’s
happened but these European dates have been incredible!
What other bands have taken
part in this tour?
Bless The Fall and The Vincent Black Shadow. Bless The Fall are a really young
band… they’re good kids and they’re a great band.
The Vincent Black Shadow
are from Vancouver, Canada. They’re something different… they’ve
got a girl singer and they’re not playing the typical kind of music
that you’d expect to hear from a band that’s on tour with us.
Well, there’s no rest for
the wicked because you’re starting the Boys Of Summer on January 5th. Are you
guys excited to be coming back to Australia?
Man… we are so excited! Like
you said, there’s no rest for the wicked. We haven’t really had
much of a rest in 2007 and people are like, well… “take a break
now”. Our response to that is that we’re having a two week break
over Christmas and people are like “only two weeks for the whole year”!?
When it comes to touring Australia
it’s not really touring… I feel like it’s a vacation when we go
there! It’s my favourite place in the world… it’s just so amazing.
We’re really excited!
This is probably the most
diverse Boys Of Summer line up yet, are you familiar with any
of the other bands that are playing?
I’m definitely familiar with
Set Your Goals! I know Deez Nuts because of I Killed The Prom
Queen and you know… those are the only two bands I’ve checked
out… but I’m sure it will be cool!
How do your previous Australian
tours stand up against the shows back home, and in Europe and the US?
To be honest, they were incredible!
You know, we never expected it.
The first time we came out
was in 2005… was it 2005?
We never expected so many people
to know the words and the songs… and then to come back in 2006 and
everything had doubled in size, it was just amazing!
Now I’m so excited to come
back for the third time and do this big headline tour and just have
Winding the clock back five
or so years, mixed bills were the norm and kids were stoked to be seeing
different kinds of bands each night. Do you think fans are more narrow
minded these days and tend to stick to what they know?
Yeah, a little bit. I was just
hanging out with Bill (our bass player) and we were looking at a message
board from our hometown, and people were posting flyers from ’96 and
’97, the shows that I was attending when I was a kid…
Anyway, the shows had punk
bands playing with metal bands and there were ska bands on the bill.
It was super diverse, you know!?
I like all different sorts
of bands. I love metal, ska and punk bands and no one puts together
tours like that anymore.
Someone tried it in the US…
I think it was Mastodon and Against Me! They did a tour… and Cursive
were on the tour as well and yeah, they did have some of the same fans
but overall I don’t think the tour did that well.
It was really cool that they
took a chance like that, but at the same time… I mean, even the tour
that we’re on right now with The Vincent Black Shadow being
a different band to us, kids aren’t as open to it as I would have
Your Cross Canada tour kicks off at the end of January and is another
tour that has a really unique line up. Do you guys still have a say
in what bands you take on tour or is that left to the label?
No, no. We have one hundred
percent say in the bands that we want. That’s something we wouldn’t
let go of. If we’re headlining a tour then it’s all the bands we
Protest The Hero are
friends of ours and have been for a long time. They’re great people
and a really talented band. Ill Scarlett are totally blowing
up and they bring a bit of diversity to the tour… they’ve got a
bit of reggae music going on. I think people will be cool with all of
that. The DevilWears Prada are super heavy too!
The diversity is cool but all
of the bands still live in the same world. There will be kids that will
definitely be going to the show to see us and they’ll pick up an Ill Scarlett CD or a Devil Wears Prada shirt.
Arrivals And Departures
was released in July of this year. Are you happy with how the record
The album’s release was
surrounded by a lot of hype, is that something you try and ignore when
you’re writing a record or does it motivate you to work even harder?
Umm… good question! I don’t
think I really notice to be honest.
You say there was this hype
around the record but I don’t really hear the people talking, you
know? Like seriously, I don’t notice the hype at all.
For our second record there
was definitely a lot of pressure with our first record being what it
was. I don’t think it’s the best recorded album… some of the songs
are OK but we could’ve done a better job. With our second record we
had to prove that we weren’t a fluke band. It was a tough record and
that pressure made it even harder to make.
This record was hard to make
but in a different way.
When it came to writing the
songs and getting it together we were confident in what we were doing
and didn’t have to think about it too much… or what people said.
How have your fans reacted
to your new material?
They’ve been really into
it! Every day we’re getting people coming up and saying “oh, you
didn’t play this off the new record”. I expect people to say that
we didn’t play some obscure song from seven years ago so they can
prove they know the old stuff… to be that one kid singing along, ha
A lot of people have really
been asking for the new stuff and on this tour we’re getting the best
reactions from the new material. We’ve been a bit surprised by that
so we’ve been working more and more new songs into the set. People
are loving it!
A lot of quote/unquote
“screamo” bands released records in 2007 which were devoid of any
heavy vocals because they felt it pigeon holed them (among other reasons).
Was it important for you (as a band) to stick to your
goals and just write whatever made you happy?
Totally man! That’s a great
It’s definitely something
that I did think about a lot because when we took the time off to start
writing the record we were getting heaps of emails from kids saying
“don’t stop screaming”! I’m not going to mention any band names
but these kids were saying that certain bands used to be their favourite
and they’ve stopped screaming.
I think a lot of bands have
stopped screaming because to be honest, fucking singing and screaming
isn’t easy to do! A lot of labels and fucking radio don’t want to
play records with screaming either… they just don’t want it.
Once you’ve had that success
where you’ve built your fan base… those real fans who like real
music… people seem to abandon it a bit. It just doesn’t make any
sense to me.
I don’t understand why some
bands want to change so much. If you love what you do… I love singing
and screaming. I love the diversity and I think if I just did one or
the other in this band then I’d get bored! I can go on all day about
this question… it’s a really great question!
You know, when I was kid and
a band I loved put out a record that sounded totally different I’d
be instantly turned off. If I liked the last record then I wanted something
similar to the last record. We just made the songs the way we always
have. Some kids were like “oh, I was wish you switched it up” or
had a little bit more of a progression.
If you’re a fan of the band,
I thought that was a little weird. It was definitely a conscience thing
to keep the screaming but if there’s any songs with less screaming
it was for the good of the song.
A lot of music fans seem
to have a really short attention span these days. Do you ever get concerned
that kids may lose interest if you don’t change your sound up?
I don’t get that concerned
but I think what I just said will contradict this a bit.
Take a band like Pennywise.
I’m a life long fan but they’ve made the same record seven times.
People do grow up and move on so I think you have to stay with the times
a little bit.
Just because something is new
doesn’t mean it’s bad. There have been a lot of records in 2007
that were great and if you can take a little piece from each of them
and add them to your sound… well, there’s nothing wrong with that!
In a way, the kids these days
don’t have that short attention spans. When I was a kid I refused
to listen to a song that was longer than three minutes, because we were
such punk rock kids, ha ha.
What do you have planned
once your Canadian tour winds up in February?
We’re going to the US for
a headline tour!
Are you taking any other
bands with you?
Yep! The Devil Wears Prada, Protest The Hero… and A Day To Remember!
Silverstein could go on tour with any three bands
– dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Are these bands bigger than
Whoever you want man.
That’s a tough question.
A band from my hometown called Grade. They were a huge influence
on us and I’d love to play some shows with them!
They got back together recently and they’re one of my favourite bands.
Don’t know for a third…
maybe… I’m drawing a blank so let’s go with The Beatles!
They can headline I guess, ha ha.
That’s all we have time
for Shane, is there anything else you want to say?
Nope, that’s all man!