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Silverstein energized by new guitarist, new concept album

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013

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"Dramatic" is Silverstein frontman Shane Told's word of choice to describe a bit of a shakeup in the Ontario rock group's lineup during the past year.

The quintet fired guitarist Neil Boshart, who Told says "was just going in a different direction and drifting away from the rest of us," both musically and in terms of his commitment to the group's tour schedule. Fortunately there was a ready replacement -- Paul Marc Rousseau, formerly of I Am Committing A Sin and Burst & Bloom, who had previously filled in when Silverstein's other guitarist, Josh Bradford, injured his back.

"Paul Marc's a quick study, absolutely," says Told, 31. "And it helped that he's been touring with us for sure. He was already familiar with the music and with us as people, but having him as a (permanent) member is still a real breath of fresh air."

The change certainly hasn't dampened Silverstein's artistic ambitions. The group's seventh album, "This is How the Wind Shifts," due out Feb. 5, is a conceptual piece on which each track has a companion song taken from the opposite viewpoint. And, Told acknowledges, it's not a linear kind of story like the group's 2009 effort "A Shipwreck in the Sand."

"I wanted to talk about a variety of topics, but have them all sort of tied together," Told explains. "The idea is a person's life can be defined by a single event, and I was just thinking about my own life and where this path got laid with me and could this have happened without any single, particular event?

"I thought that was something everyone thinks about from time to time, the what-ifs of life, so I decided to write a bunch of stories -- some more autobiographical than others -- and then come up with another story about the same thing from the opposite point of view. It was a lot to bite off but very rewarding once we finished it."

Silverstein, Like Moths to Flames, Secrets, Issues and Glass Cloud perform Friday, Jan. 25, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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