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Over It: SilverstrandSilverstrand (2005)
Lobster Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: TheMarcTheMarc
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Silverstrand has that major-label debut feel to it. Much like former label mates Yellowcard, Over It moved to California, garnered a strong fan base, built a bigger hype machine, beefed up their production, and seems ready to break into TRL countdowns and late-night talk shows. Sure, they're still .
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Silverstrand has that major-label debut feel to it. Much like former label mates Yellowcard, Over It moved to California, garnered a strong fan base, built a bigger hype machine, beefed up their production, and seems ready to break into TRL countdowns and late-night talk shows. Sure, they're still on Lobster Records, but you sure can't tell from the overall feel of this record, which is a huge compliment to the label. Thankfully, Over It manages to deliver something that most recent major label signees haven't: good music.

Whereas Timing Is Everything was a lesson in blistering speed and guitar riffs, Silverstrand preaches smarter arrangements and bigger hooks. While their previous material was still hook-smart, the effect wasn't always immediate; almost every song on Silverstrand sticks the melody right in your face and doesn't budge for the 34-minute-and-12-second duration. "Siren On The 101" has a big chorus that bludgeons your brain with a baseball bat during each listen. "Truth Is" is sure to be a load of pogo-ing fun live, while "Shine" approaches balladry and still manages to crackle with vigor. Producer Mike Green deserves a lot of credit for allowing the group to maintain its energy, and for infinitely improving "Waiting" and "We Are The Ordinary." It's immediately apparent that lead vocalist Peter Munters has gotten considerably better, as each melody perfectly integrates with the music and is complimented nicely with layers of harmonizing vowel sounds.

The only glaring complaint with this album is the lack of speed. Yeah, I know, bands have to "evolve," and usually that comes at the expense of velocity. What doesn't help this fact is that the one fast song is easily the best song on here. "Ignore The Noise" is a melodicore blast, with furious guitars (¡ la "Crush") and breakneck drumming. As if to answer that complaint, the album ends with the oddly-constructed "Partner In Crime." I swear to God, the verses sound like a punk rock pirate song. Although the speed has been deemphasized, it's very clear that Over It is willing to experiment with song structure.

Granted, Silverstrand may not move as many units as other acts of a similar nature, but it damn well should. If you liked them before, there's no reason to expect that you won't enjoy this immensely. Pop-punk bands take notice: here is proof that you don't have to become listless and depressing to progress your sound for the better.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

Fuck greenvandal, and his mindless crap!!!

~ViciousJoe~

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

Fucking bomb!!!

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

Fucking bomb!!!

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

TOO ALL H8ERS!

well, this CD fuckin rocks........................and to those of you who think that "Over It" isnt a good enuf band to listen to.....SKREW U :) maybe u should check them out at the warped tour '06 beeatches!!

Anonymous (March 10, 2006)

yOu hAve sAme thought with us!!!!
dont copy nAme of our bAnd!

Anonymous (June 3, 2005)

track 2 rules.

Anonymous (May 25, 2005)

to any haters-
this album is brilliant. melodies are infectious but still punk in its own right. Partner In Crime is my fav. aka the pirate song. Support your rock! and for all the haters, you're entitled to your own opinions, and mine being that you're all a bunch of douche bags. Go listen to your screamo/hardcore music, fuckin jocks!

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

yea..really greenvandal. so true.

-paul

ps. this cd is ok, not as good as its hyped to be, but its solid.

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

A better question is, who ISNT in a fucking band these days.

-!GreenVandal!

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

how many of you losers are IN bands?

Cos (March 14, 2005)

These guys played at my school last week. I walked out after about 30 seconds of it. Not for me.

--Cos

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Lordy.

swingline (March 14, 2005)

"Good points Duped. Sometimes it's important to remember that music can be brainless fun too. Something can be "good" without being good, if that makes sense!"

yea... like mcdonalds, or kool-aid. but if i want mindless fun music, i reach for the duff.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Good points Duped. Sometimes it's important to remember that music can be brainless fun too. Something can be "good" without being good, if that makes sense!

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

"Let me be honest, all you kids out there who bash bands cant be into music that much. Regardless if you like it or not, its music, and if it werent for music the world would not be the same, so its time for you to, i know its a big word but, appreciate music. And if you dont like it, shut your mouth no one wants to hear it anyways."

What a terrible argument. Yes, music is music. But there is such a thing as bad music. You're pretty much saying, on a review site no less, that every artist is just as good as another for simply being musical. Nevermind, I don't even want this one. Someone else take it. Gah.

-duped

theevilmonkey (March 14, 2005)

"Let me be honest, all you kids out there who bash bands cant be into music that much. Regardless if you like it or not, its music, and if it werent for music the world would not be the same, so its time for you to, i know its a big word but, appreciate music. And if you dont like it, shut your mouth no one wants to hear it anyways."

That couldn't be more wrong.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

score is for Lungfish.
-TOBB

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

"Is it just me or is it getting nealy impossible now to find this kind of bands on soulseek? It seems like there're less songs on soulseek than before."

Yes, I've noticed that, too. My theory is that it's because way too many people went "user-list only" when the last new version came out. That's why nothing shows up in searches. I would recommend just going into chat rooms and using the "search for files in room" option. That tends to work better.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Let me be honest, all you kids out there who bash bands cant be into music that much. Regardless if you like it or not, its music, and if it werent for music the world would not be the same, so its time for you to, i know its a big word but, appreciate music. And if you dont like it, shut your mouth no one wants to hear it anyways.

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

Is it just me or is it getting nealy impossible now to find this kind of bands on soulseek? It seems like there're less songs on soulseek than before.

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

dear fuckwad reviewer,

dont assume people know what a band sounds (or sounded) like. a nice little preface about the band and the general style of music would have been nice.

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

I'd like to tell those surfers to get "over it".

God, I am funny.

Joe

pastepunk (March 12, 2005)

Did anyone go to Over It's in-store last week, where a bunch of surfers showed up to protest because of the album name? Someone told me police had to be called... Totally hysterical.

--

Apparently the large sign of the album cover was vandalized by those "thugs." Such toughness!

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

A band is hyped on AP.net, so you all bash it. Good work, kids.

Solid album.

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

surfers protest? that's hilarious.

maverick (March 12, 2005)

The Silverstrand is a beach in California where lots of surfers go.

Did anyone go to Over It's in-store last week, where a bunch of surfers showed up to protest because of the album name? Someone told me police had to be called... Totally hysterical.

-Scott

Anonymous (March 12, 2005)

What is a Silverstrand?

Joe

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

That looks like my poor-ass uncle's van.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"You should be shot for saying that."

No, really Rise Against were so fucking flat and just plain crap that day. Any other day it would have been fine.

-thirtyseconds

theevilmonkey (March 11, 2005)

Score is for the punk rock pirate song.

StormOf59 (March 11, 2005)

Good review. In an overall perspective I really thought Timing Is Everything is a much stronger effort, but this is still a good album none the less.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

i havent heard this and i dont have to. i saw these guys play years ago and i thought they rocked. not only that i remember the singer being bummed because Pollen was supposed to play the show and they were absent due to a van breakdown. Talked to him for a while about Pollen, and anyone who is into Pollen knows their shit. Kind of like how not only does Joey Cape rock but he rocks more for doing the Bad Astronaut/Armchair Martian split and discovering the talents of John Snodgrass and company.

swingline (March 11, 2005)

can't stand this.

corpseofmymotivation (March 11, 2005)

Choosing Rise Against over these guys at the Warped Tour was a hhhhhhhuuuuuuuggee mistake

You should be shot for saying that.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Dear Over It,

Along with fucking unoriginal shit bands like Don't Look Down and yourselves, throw in the fucking towel.

-Everyone that listens to music

pastepunk (March 11, 2005)

Get a behind the scene view of Silverstrand with this interview: http://www.pastepunk.com/viewfeature.php?id=148

Good review Marc, especially in pointing out that you don't necessarily need to be on a major label to create a release that has both its look and feel (and didn't cost a ridiculous amount of money to make).

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

this would be better if it sounded like face to face era over it.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

timing is everything was a great cd, although i've always felt the production was lacking (staring back's 'on' was recorded mere days before at the same studio, with the same producer, and the same equipment, and sounds epic, comparitively).

silverstrand will most likely launch them to bigger (and better?) things due to the quality songs that pete and nick are pumping out (the production quality ain't gonna hurt, either; the guitars are huge and pete's vocals are spot on). these guys have always been fans of great music, regardless of genre and i'm happy to see that fact shine through on this lp. i applaud them for having the balls to write what is in their hearts and not placate their audience with more of the same sped-up punk songs. cheers!

-jerm-o

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

i saw this band open for the new trust. they were terrible!

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

this cd was a total disappointment.

if you've heard their last album, you'll agree.

it's overproduced. way overproduced.

not to mention that they left off THE BEST SONG FROM THE DEMOS, aka "City Lights".

seriously, download city lights and then realize how great this record could have been.

thirtyseconds (March 11, 2005)

Yeah I'm fully expecting this to be superb. Not as good as timing is everything, but still... not many albums can be. Choosing Rise Against over these guys at the Warped Tour was a hhhhhhhuuuuuuuggee mistake.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

To he who said Ignore the Noise rips and would like their older stuff...

Check out the Hindsight 20/20 EP. That's an Over It that's probably right up your alley. B-54 is a killer song.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

It's a solid, sunny day emo/pop-punk album. I was hoping for more of their high-speed melodicore though.

OC

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

this band has the potential to get huge!

good looking. rockin tunes. talented. connections.

maverick (March 11, 2005)

Killer album. There's no reason why a major shouldn't swoop in and re-release this, as it is insanely radio-ready (but in a good way).

My only complaint is two of the disc's best songs aren't even on the disc; they're B-sides that will only be available on import versions.

-Scott

CorpseOfMyMotivation (March 11, 2005)

I wish The Gamits would have headlined over these guys on their last tour. This band is pretty lame.

inagreendase (March 11, 2005)

From what I can tell, I think I'd like Over It's older stuff, since my favorites here are "Ignore The Noise" and the "punk rock pirate" song. Save for "Siren On The 101," the rest is pretty forgettable and a bit overly poppy.

But that "Ignore The Noise" song...goddamn if that isn't making my year-end mix tape.

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