After 15 years, 2000 shows performed, and over a million albums sold with his band SILVERSTEIN, frontman SHANE TOLD is finally ready to take a stab at his own solo project.
“Silverstein is, was and will always be my first love” Told explains. “But now I feel determined to do something all on my own. RIVER OAKS is 100% my own work and ideas,and as scary as it is to go it alone, it’s exciting and empowering to put my all into these songs and really put myself out there.”
Shane is known as a ferocious performer for Canadian Emo/Hardcore/Punk staple SILVERSTEIN, where he performs as a stand alone lead singer, and often “lead screamer”as he calls it. But the absence of screaming in this project is something he welcomes, as well as having to focus on all the instruments performed on the recordings. “It was nice to be able to form these songs starting out just on an acoustic guitar like I have been writing songs all my life. Then build the song and add the instrumentation as I see fit. Playing drums and bass and keyboards was a lot of fun in studio as well as I haven’t gotten a chance to do that since I was a kid. And as much as it’s fun to jump around on stage and scream my head off every chance I get, it will be equally fun to stand with a guitar and really pour my soul into these songs.”
The name RIVER OAKS is based on the community in Oakville, Ontario, Canada where Shane cut his teeth playing in punk rock bands in local youth centers, YMCA’s, high schools, wherever they would let a bunch of punk kids put on a hardcore show. He continues: “The name is a real throwback for me, and it describes the bygone era of my youth when it was all about setting up shows locally and the culture that surrounded it.
RIVER OAKS isn’t just where I grew up, it’s how I grew up and it’s what has shaped me as a person.” RIVER OAKS is signed to RISE RECORDS (USA/International) and NEW DAMAGE RECORDS (Canada) and will be releasing a 3 song self-titled 7”/ Digital EP in early 2016,and a full length album later in the year.