When Broken Is Easily Fixed: 15th Anniversary Tour
Article + photos by Nick Zimmer
Venue: The Cowan
City: Nashville, TN
Date: January 16, 2019
Silverstein are back at it with the second leg of their “When Broken is Easily Fixed” 15th anniversary tour. The band hit the road with Capstan, As Cities Burn, and Hawthorne Heights to cross the country hitting all of the markets that they skipped the first time around.
The night started off with Central Florida’s Capstan, whose energetic brand of progressive post-hardcore immediately got the crowd going. The band, which recently signed to Fearless Records, have a new single out (“Stars Before the Sun”) and have been making crowds bounce from the moment they take the stage. Their set was comprised with mostly tracks off their latest album, In The Wake of Our Discord, which came out early 2018. Be on the lookout for a new Capstan album this year and for this band to blow up.
As Cities Burn, the now Nashville based group, took to the stage next and powerfully moved the crowd with a set-list that spanned their discography. Vocalist TJ Bonnette spent the entire set headbanging and throwing around the mic stand, which added great visuals, while the rest of the band seemed to make their already heavy sound seem even more intense in a live setting. We’re glad As Cities Burn are back and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for them.
There isn’t a more accurate banner than the one Hawthorne Heights had displayed on stage that read “I Used to Listen to Hawthorne Heights in High School”. Who didn’t listen to “Ohio is for Lovers” back then? The band came out and worked through a set full of bangers that had the entire crowd singing every word. Hits like “Niki FM,” “Saying Sorry,” and the aforementioned “Ohio is for Lovers” all made the set. Vocalist / guitarist JT Woodruff spent plenty of time speaking with the crowd between songs, mostly about mental health, which is always great to hear, especially from bands that have such a large reach. While high school is a thing of the past, Hawthorne Heights proved that they are not.
The wave of album anniversary tours has really taken off over the last few years. When Broken is Easily Fixed was a complete game changer back in 2003 and it was real refreshing to hear a lot of these tracks that haven’t seen a live audience in years. Led by vocalist Shane Told, Silverstein immediately tore into the album and brought the same passion and aggression that they had when the album was originally released.
Not wanting the leave the crowd with just an album performance (who would really be mad though?), Silverstein launched into a full second set that covered their discography, going through a total of 21 songs. Silverstein haven’t slowed down one bit and we don’t expect them to any time soon.