Silverstein

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Silverstein is a post-hardcore/emo band from Burlington, Ontario. Though their lineup has shifted somewhat through the years, the founding members of the band met on The 905 Board, a web forum about the local Ontario hardcore music scene. The band's current lineup consists of Neil Boshart on lead guitar, Bill Hamilton on bass, Shane Todd on drums, Paul Koehler on drums, and Josh Bradford on rhythm guitar. The band takes their name from Shel Silverstein, a children's author famed for his whimsical poetry.

The band began practicing around Christmas 2001, and independently released a number of regionally successful LP's over the next few years. By 2003 they had signed to Victory Records (A large Chicago-based independent record label primarily representing hardcore and emo bands) and released their first full length album, entitled When Broken is Easily Fixed. Riding on the hype generated by their successful single "Giving Up", the band continued to tour and record their second album, Discovering The Waterfront, in 2005.

Throughout this time the Canadian band began to amass a large fan base in America; Discovering The Waterfront reached a respectable 35th spot on the Billbord 200 and sold over 300,000 copies. Single "Smile in Your Sleep" was even a featured track on an EA Sports videogame, MVP 06: NCAA Baseball. The band also appeared on a number of major music tours in 2005 and 2006, including the Vans Warped Tour and the Taste of Chaos Tour, along with bands like Aiden and He is Legend.

Silverstein released their most recent album, Arrivals and Departures, in 2007. The band's unique mixture of gritty, hardcore guitar strumming and surprisingly melodic vocals has yet again proved to be a hit - the album debuted at the #27 spot on the Billboard 200, and the band has just wrapped up a sucessful American tour with Protest the Hero and The Devil Wears Prada.

From Discogs:

Post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada, formed in 2000. The band name originates in reference to the famous children's author Shel Silverstein.

From Lastfm:

Silverstein is a 5-piece band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada; formed in 2000. The band name was taken from the famous children's author Shel Silverstein. After several lineup changes, the band acquired Billy Hamilton, a local fan who learned of the band's need for a bassist on the Internet message board "The 905 Board" (an Ontario area outreach board which used to be for local musicians). In Christmas of 2001, he joined the band after Shane Told helped him learn the music for the songs. Following a rehearsal on Boxing Day (December 26) in 2001, he officially debuted with Silverstein.

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From Wikipedia:

Silverstein is a Canadian rock band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 2000. Their band name is a reference to the famous children's author Shel Silverstein, whom the band had admired and read the stories of as children. They have released a total of five studio albums, three EP's, a compilation album and a live DVD/CD. Their lineup had remained unchanged for eleven years since December 2001, consisting of lead vocalist Shane Told, guitarists Neil Boshart and Josh Bradford, bass guitarist and backing vocalist Billy Hamilton, and drummer Paul Koehler. In September 2012, the band had announced that Neil Boshart had left the band and would be replaced by Paul Marc Rousseau. The band achieved moderate success with their second studio album, Discovering The Waterfront, reaching No. 34 on the Billboard 200 charts, with the following two albums charting at similar positions.

The band left long time record label, Victory Records in 2010, and are currently signed with Hopeless Records and Universal Music Canada. Silverstein released their fifth studio album, titled Rescue in April 2011. Their sixth studio album, a "mini album" made up of songs under 90 seconds, called Short Songs was released In February 2012. Their seventh studio album, This Is How the Wind Shifts, was released on February 5, 2013.

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