Short Songs
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Short Songs
Short Songs
Silverstein - Short Songs cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)
RecordedOctober 17-29, 2011
Sundown Studios, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
GenreHardcore punk,[1]emo, screamo
ProducerJordan Valeriote
Silverstein chronology
Short Songs
This Is How the Wind Shifts

Short Songs is the sixth studio album[2][3][4][5] by Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein. The release has an untraditional number of songs at 22, though as its title suggests, all songs are short and mostly under 90 seconds. Only 11 of the songs are original, while the other 11 are covers of songs by notable punk and hardcore bands that influenced Silverstein, such as Green Day, Dead Kennedys, Gorilla Biscuits and NOFX. It is the band's second release on Hopeless Records and like their last release, it was also produced by Jordan Valeriote. It is also the band's last release with long-time guitarist Neil Boshart, who left the band in the summer of 2012.

Background information

Silverstein entered the studio in October 2011 with producer Jordan Valeriote, who produced their last studio album Rescue (2011) as well as their Transitions (2010) EP, to record a new release which was described by the band as a "mini-album" and "an extension of Rescue". The material came together very quickly and the band wanted to release it fast, scheduling January 2012 release, instead of making their fans wait for their next proper album.[6] In a promotional video describing the project, Silverstein drummer Paul Koehler said, "Most people might associate a 'short song' with a fast punk rock vibe, but that's not always the case. There will still be a ballad, a breakdown, and some singalongs, all amidst these quick songs. The idea is to give the listeners a mini-Silverstein album, and take them through all of the peaks and valleys they could expect from any of our original albums."[6] The cover of the Dead Kennedys' "Short Songs" was recorded with additional guest vocals from many singers of notable punk and hardcore bands, including Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Chris #2 of Anti-Flag, Chris Hannah of Propagandhi and many more. Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats also recorded guest vocals on the song "xOn Our Kneesx."[7]

Release and promotion

In October 24, 2011, the band uploaded a video for the song "See Ya Bill" at their official YouTube channel.[8] In December 2011, the band streamed for free three songs off the album: "SOS,"[9] "Brookfield,"[9] and "Sin & Redemption,"[10] as well as three cover songs: Gorilla Biscuits' "Good Intentions,"[9]Green Day's "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink,"[10] and NOFX's "It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite,"[11]

A music video for "Brookfield" premiered in January 23, 2012. The video was directed by Josh Bradford.[12] On February 5, 2012, two days prior to the release of the album Silverstein uploaded the entire album onto their MySpace profile.[13]

Prior to the album's release while on tour with August Burns Red 200 Vinyl copies were made available. It came with a silk screened dust cover that was hand numbered.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[1]
Blare Magazine4/5 stars[14]
Rock Sound(7/10)[15]

The album debuted at number 133 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[16]

Track listing

Tracks 1-11 written by Silverstein. Lyrics by Shane Told, except "La Marseillaise" translated from "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle and "See Ya Bill" by Josh Bradford.[17]

Set 1:
  1. "Sick as Your Secrets" - 1:08
  2. "Sin & Redemption" - 1:09
  3. "SOS" - 1:36
  4. "Brookfield" - 1:30
  5. "La Marseillaise" - 0:48
  6. "World on Fire" - 1:24
  7. "Sleep Around" - 1:19
  8. "My Miserable Life" - 0:28
  9. "Truth & Temptation" - 0:44
  10. "One Last Dance" - 1:26
  11. "See Ya Bill" - 0:06
Set 2:
  1. "Short Songs" (Dead Kennedys cover) - 0:24
  2. "236 E. Broadway" (Gob cover) - 1:20
  3. "Good Intentions" (Gorilla Biscuits cover) - 0:26
  4. "Destination: Blood!" (Orchid cover) - 1:08
  5. "Coffee Mug" (Descendents cover) - 0:33
  6. "xOn Our Kneesx" (The Swarm cover) - 0:24
  7. "Scenes from Parisian Life" (The Promise Ring cover) - 1:21
  8. "It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite" (NOFX cover) - 1:24
  9. "Quit Your Job" (Chixdiggit cover) - 0:23
  10. "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" (Green Day cover) - 0:33
  11. "You Gotta Stay Positive" (Good Clean Fun cover) - 0:05


Personnel per digital booklet.[17]

Chart positions

Charts (2012) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums[18] 15
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[19] 37


  1. ^ a b Heisel, Scott (February 11, 2012). "Silverstein - Short Songs". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2015. Silverstein have become contemporary screamo's answer to Less Than Jake
  2. ^ Greenwald, David (January 23, 2012). "Video Premiere: Silverstein, 'Brookfield'". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Silverstein - Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Noisecreep Staff (February 6, 2012). "Silverstein's Shane Told's 10 Favorite Short Songs". Noisecreep. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Bird, Michele (October 29, 2011). "Silverstein complete 'Short Songs' album". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ a b Yancey, Bryne (October 18, 2011). "Silverstein working on 'Short Songs' project". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b Paul, Aubin (December 1, 2011). "Silverstein album features Rise Against, Propagandhi, Anti-Flag, Swellers members". Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Silverstein SHORT SONGS - See Yah Bill!". October 24, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Silverstein". December 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Premiere: Silverstein's "The Ballad of Wilhelm Fink" and "Sin And Redemption"". Alternative Press. December 7, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ " Silverstein". December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Brookfield Silverstein Music Video MTV". January 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Common, Tyler (February 5, 2012). "Silverstein now streaming "Short Songs"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ Joshua Khan (February 4, 2012). "REVIEW: Silverstein - "Short Songs"". Blare Magazine. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "Silverstein - Short Songs | Reviews | Rock Sound". Andy Ritchie. Rock Sound. February 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ a b Short Songs (Sleeve). Silverstein. Hopeless. 2012. HR747-2.
  18. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Silverstein - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.

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