Hot Gig Alert (Tonight!): Ontario’s rock kings Silverstein make a long anticipated return to Worcester
(photo by Wyatt Clough)
It’s been almost two years in the making, but tonight’s the night Ontario punk kings Silverstein return to Mass to dominate the Palladium in Worcester and it’s a definite no-miss. The band promises a career-spanning set, and it will be built up with performances from NJ’s Can’t Swim, and OH’s The Plot in You. Silverstein recently made it to twenty years as a band and like many bands, had their anniversary run halted by the pandemic. Boston had been treated to a performance from the run on March 3rd, 2020 with an impressive three sets to a packed House of Blues. So it was a pleasant surprise to see the band add a Worcester date when the rescheduled run began this past November and it’s all going down tonight!
During the pandemic, the band took a deep dive into continuing to write music despite so much unknown, and two results of that hard work hit earlier this year with industrial “Bankrupt” & “It’s Over”. Both songs tackle feelings and thoughts that are sure to be a vision live and resonate with the packed room. With lyrics like “Time keeps moving backward, the world is a cancer coming for you” from “Bankrupt” amongst so many other moments in the two recently released tracks, they’re a realistic representation of feelings and emotions many can relate to in the world we’ve been living in the last 18 months.
But tonight, both fans and the bands will be throwing their hearts out on the floor. Silverstein has always given one of the most authentic rock and roll performances I’ve happily witnessed over the last decade personally, and it’s anchored by two bands that have been following in the footsteps Silverstein has created. Both bands, The Plot in You and Can’t Swim are fresh off the release of their latest albums. For The Plot in You, they just released their fifth LP Swan Song and for Can’t Swim, it was their third LP after releasing two previous bodies of work in 2020 alone, Change of Plans. And with two singles dropped by Silverstein in the recent months, and their Juno nominated latest A Beautiful Place To Drown hitting just before the world shut down, it’s sure to be a show filled with both old, new, and a lot of emotion the whole way through.
Limited tickets are still available for tonight’s performance which can be purchased here, with doors opening at six and Can’t Swim taking the stage at 7:15. While having live music back has been such a gift, I’m sure I’m not alone in never taking it for granted again. So do your part, wash your hands, and wear your mask! As well as it being a city mandate for Worcester, let’s all do our best to protect each other and ourselves while enjoying an incredibly therapeutic evening!