Boom: The Canadian post-hardcore veterans SILVERSTEIN are back with their hardest track to date. "Bankrupt" is an angry reckoning with governments, corrupt officials and corporations, who continue to economise in their own pockets even in the global pandemic. "Bankrupt" appears as a digital single as well as a rousing video and follows on from their successful live stream event, to which the band recently welcomed more than 16,000 viewers and which caused a sensation worldwide.
Silverstein recently celebrated their 20th anniversary, and now they are following it up with their new anthemic single "Bankrupt" and video. Last year's milestone marked two decades in which the quintet tirelessly developed from its underground roots to one of the most influential bands in their scene. When Silverstein want to celebrate with a global 20-year anniversary tour, the Covid-19 pandemic comes, forcing them to drop everything and retreat to their respective hometowns. While 2020 was a terrible time for most, the band was met with a rush of anger as a select few in high positions take advantage of their power and make a dramatic situation worse.
The band take their anger into the studio and continues to write during lockdown - "Bankrupt" is the first glimpse into these sessions. The track proves that the band's roots are firmly anchored in punk. Guitarist and songwriter Paul Marc explains: "I no longer know how to perceive anything other than anger. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Wages are stagnating, tuition fees are rising, jobs are being automated or outsourced, and costs for a house are ridiculous in most large cities. The walls feel like they're closing and escape is starting to seem impossible. Duplicate rulers and greedy elected officials stuff their pockets as they cut funding for the programs that we actually need. What should we do now? Taking care of each other together is good, but changing a crooked system is better. "
"Bankrupt" is available through UNFD on all digital platforms, along with the official video directed by a longtime friend of the band, Wyatt Clough. The clip captures an explosive performance by the band.
Silverstein have long since blossomed into one of the most important post-hardcore institutions in Germany and are still a long way from being at the end, despite being a band for many years. Their album "A Beautiful Place To Drown", released in 2020, was the group's first record to make it into the German charts.