Ontario Rockers, Silverstein, have mined musical gold over 17 years and nine albums that have kept both our high-school iPods and present-day playlists stocked with lyrical musings that provide healing through tumultuous personal times. The guys just hit the road and are stopping by cities across the United States with Tonight Alive, Broadside and Picturesque. I caught up Lead Guitarist, Paul Marc, to discuss ‘The Get Free Tour’, the recent music video release for “Whiplash”, exploring space, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the release of your ninth studio album, ‘Dead Reflection’. Tell us about the creative and recording process this time around and any lessons that you learned through this experience.
First of all – thank you! The process was much different this time around. The biggest change was how much time we spent in pre-production. Demoing, tweaking, redemoing. We wanted to make sure we were making the best decisions for the record at every stage. Derek Hoffman is a brilliant producer and I personally learned a lot working alongside him on the album.
You guys just recently your music video for “Whiplash” which is a continuation of the narrative from your last video, “Lost Positives”. Who came up with the video concept this time around?
We’ve always wanted to make videos that connected in some way. We’ve worked with Wyatt Clough and Roger Galvez on a lot of projects in the past, and when we started talking about these videos the idea kind of existed in the air already. They shot the narrative sections on location in Japan and California, respectively, which is also pretty new for us. We’re stoked with how they turned out.
You guys are hitting the road on your ‘The Get Free Tour’ with Tonight Alive, Broadside and Picturesque. As you guys have been going steady in the game for quite some time now, do you have any tips on items to bring along and wellness practices that you incorporate to ensure that the tour experience is fun and exciting.
I think touring can present a different set of challenges for different people. I try to eat well, exercise, not drink too much. I try to keep a cool head and treat people with respect. Give space, take space when I need it. I’ve been playing a lot of golf lately, so I have my clubs with me. I also like to bring a kettlebell, noise cancelling headphones, and a few books. I also often end up drinking too much and not reading a page of anything I brought. But at least I brought it in the first place?
Photo Credit: Jordan Knight
Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest parts of the ocean?!
Space. For sure. It’s gotta be space.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
I’m lucky to live near Franz Stefanik and have spent a lot of time getting tattooed by him. I’ve got a bunch of little filler pieces that he just sharpied on that I think are really cool. A lot of my early stuff was done by Bailey Moffat who also rules. Mike Ski in Philly gave me some pretty rad little zappers.
What is your ideal environment to stimulate creativity?
I would say…
• Clean room
• No noise restrictions
• Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Microphone, Fast Computer and Good Monitors
• Lots of coffee
• A talented pal!
Photo Credit: Wyatt Clough
What fellow Rise Records family members have put out a recent record that you’re diggin’ at the moment?
At The Drive In, The Movie Life, The Acacia Strain, The Gospel Youth. Lots and lots to like these days.
What are some of the greatest words of wisdom that you have ever received along your journey as a musician?
Smile more and try harder. From two separate people, obviously.
If you could compare your current life experience and human characteristics to the characteristics of a cartoon character, which character would you choose and why?!
Every Simpson combined. Not really a cartoon watcher, unfortunately!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you – you’re the best.
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