Unplugged and Online: Something for the fans

Shane Told is trying to be positive these days but it’s hard not to be pessimistic.

“Nothing’s going to change right now,” says the lead singer of Burlington, Ontario’s Silverstein. “We know we’re going to wake up and more people are going to be sick and more people are going to die. As far as getting through this thing any time soon, I’m pretty pessimistic. I think we could be having this conversation in two months and not have much change.”

Since his band had to abruptly cancel their tour in support of their newest release, the excellent A Beautiful Place to Drown, Told has been coming to terms with this new reality. To dilute the pessimism he’s experiencing, Told is trying to stay creative and inspired despite the uncertainty and pain that has swept the globe. The singer is performing his band’s songs acoustically and online this Sunday, April 5 at 1pm PST.

While this performance is mostly for Silverstein’s fans, Told believes it will be therapeutic for him as well.

“It feels good to get back on the horse,” he says. “After having the tour stopped so abruptly, it feels good to be doing this. It feels good I’m doing something productive and something I’m good at and something for the fans.”

With only a guitar and a microphone, Told will perform a range of Silverstein songs on a livestream from the intimacy of his Windsor home’s living room.

“I think it’s going to be really fun,” he says. “I think it’s going to be a bit weird, but I think it’s cool we’re able to give something to someone at home who wants to hear some Silverstein songs.”

“The acoustics in my living room are probably just fine,” he adds, laughing.

There is hope that one of the silver linings in the mass social distancing and isolation could result in a surge of quality music and art. Told thinks this could be the case.

“Good art comes from inspiration and a lot of time,” he says. “I think that the music industry not existing for working musicians will create a severe amount of downtime for a lot of people. I think artists will be experimenting with things…they’re going to have more time to create. I also think that isolation brings out things in artistic people that aren’t easy to express when living your everyday life. I hope in a year, we’ll be looking back at all of the amazing albums that were made during this time.”

So what’s the first thing he’s going to do once the quarantine is lifted?

“That’s easy – visit my parents,” he says without hesitation. “I know that’s not a sexy answer but they’re my biggest concern right now.”

He thinks about it more.

“And just go into a bar and have beer and watch fucking sports,” he laughs. “Oh my god…I can’t wait ‘till sports are back.”