Show Review: Silverstein, Stray From The Path, and AVOID at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles, CA

Silverstein are currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed album This Is How The Wind Shifts and brought the party to a sold-out crowd at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Seattle-based five-piece AVOID kicked off the night, launching headfirst into their set with the almost overwhelmingly energetic “Whatever.” Frontman Benny Scholl immediately set the tone for the rest of the evening, encouraging as many crowd surfers and pits as the venue could handle. The unbridled energy, chaos, and sheer fun (who doesn’t love a loop of a buff Peter Griffin on an LED screen?) that AVOID brought to the stage ensured the crowd was well-warmed up for the rest of the evening.

Hardcore legends Stray from the Path upped the ante with their Rage Against The Machine-esque breakdowns and brutal lyrics, turning push pits into full-blown circle pits. The NY/UK group treated fans to a setlist consisting mostly of songs off their 2022 release, Euthanasia, as well as some more classic tracks.

Given the intense energy that the crowd rightfully gave AVOID and Stray from the Path, I was a bit concerned that the crowd had used it all up during the openers. However, as soon as the lights dimmed and the house music faded, I was instantly proven wrong. The intro music was almost inaudible over the crowd’s screams and chants of “Sil-ver-stein! Sil-ver-stein!”

Kicking off with “Bad Habits,” Silverstein had the crowd in the palm of their hands from the very first line. Within a few seconds of the band taking the stage, crowd surfers were flying over the barricade, trying to high-five Shane and screaming the lyrics. This energy didn’t falter at all for the entire night, thanks to Silverstein’s ability to craft the perfect live show.

With so many bands doing album anniversary tours, Silverstein vowed to make theirs stand out from the rest. In addition to playing This Is How The Wind Shifts in full (albeit out of order), the band mixed in covers, hits from other albums, and a unique aspect—live song voting. After a mix of songs ranging from the emotional “To Live and to Lose” to recent hit “Ultraviolet,” Told revealed to the crowd that the winners of the song voting were, much to the crowd’s delight, “Smashed Into Pieces” and “Your Sword Versus My Dagger.”

The song selections weren’t the only surprise of the night, much to the crowd’s delight—following performing an intense cover of Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer,” the band brought Beartooth frontman Caleb Shomo on stage to close out the main portion of the night for a joint performance of “My Heroine.”

Silverstein closed the show with an energy-packed, four-song encore, ultimately concluding with the emotional “Departures” and fans screaming with every last bit of their voice they had left, if any, “If things are gonna change when you come home, maybe this time, don’t.”

As a longtime Silverstein fan and as someone who’s seen the band many times throughout the years, it’s safe to say that this tour shows the Canadian group at their very best and most evolved. While they have always had a strong relationship with fans, the catharsis that comes along with revisiting such a monumental album led to a more intense connection that’s felt by both the crowd and the band. As always, Silverstein put on one of the best shows of the year and offered the perfect 24-song escape from the harsh realities of our daily lives—because at a Silverstein show, it’s all going to be alright.

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