Shane Told’s mind is blown every night he steps onto the stage.
It’s partly because the current tour for Silverstein has been sold-out.
It’s also because after nearly 20 years as a band, the group is drawing a new generation of fans.
Not to mention that the band’s current tour is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its debut album, “When Broken Is Easily Fixed.” Told and crew are playing the album in its entirety.
“It’s crazy to think back to when we were playing the songs from the first album,” he says in a recent interview. “It does feel like all of the hard work has paid off. I met a fan the other day that told me he was celebrating his 20th birthday and he wanted to see the show. He said he’s been a fan since he was 5. The music has found a younger generation, and it’s really cool.”
Silverstein formed in Burlington, Ontario, in 2000. The band consists of Told, Paul Koehler, Josh Bradford, Billy Hamilton and Paul Marc Rousseau. Rousseau joined the band in 2012.
The band released its ninth album, “Dead Reflection,” in July 2017.
Told says there are plans for another album after the tour.
“We’ve always separated touring and writing,” he says. “I think it’s good that we focus on each on its own time. Every day, we’re talking about our show and how we can improve it. On this tour, we’ve brought out a violin player with us. It’s also the longest show we’ve ever done. We’re playing nearly 100 minutes every single night. I feel like my voice is holding up well, and I’ve learned how to take care of it over the years.”
Although the band is playing its debut album in its entirety, Told says the set will include songs from across the band’s catalog.
“We’re also a band that likes to mix it up,” he says. “We’ll look back at what we played in the town the last time we were there. We relish the challenge of being able to put together a set list that is just as exciting and dynamic.”
Over the course of 18 years, a relationship between Silverstein and Albuquerque has grown.
But it didn’t start out smoothly.
“The first time we ever played at Launchpad, there was some kind of kerfuffle,” he says. “I was doing an interview and went out to the van for it to be quieter, and the guy at the door didn’t let us back in even though I had to perform. It was dramatic. But we’ve been back plenty of times, and the audiences have been amazing by supporting us all these years.”