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Silverchair are one of Australia’s most successful contemporary rock bands. The group has had more top twenty hits during the last decade than any other local artist and they have sold over six million albums worldwide.
In 1994, at the age of only 15, silverchair got their big break when the band won a national competition called "Pick Me" with the demo of their song, "Tomorrow". At that point in time, however, they were not known as Silverchair, but the Innocent Criminals.
silverchair's earlier material could be described as "grunge" and the media was quick to point out comparisons to contemporaries such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Members of the band say to have been more directly inspired by more classic bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. From their third album Neon Ballroom and onwards the band have experimented with more complex song structures, pop influences, and the usage of orchestral backing on many songs, especially with their fourth album Diorama when composer Van Dyke Parks contributed to three of the tracks. This evolution is highlighted by their performance in their only live album "Live At Faraway Stables" where the band plays two sets - the first comprising newer material where they are backed by two keyboardists to simulate complex elaborate orchestral arrangements, and the second containing their rawer rock material.
In November of 2005, silverchair announced they were working on music for their 5th studio album, titled Young Modern. Throughout 2006, the band played a limited number of concerts in Australia to try out the new material in front of a live audience. Young Modern is set for release in Australia on March 31st with their first single, Straight Lines, due shortly beforehand. Currently, an overseas release has been slated, according to chairpage.com, for "June/July."
To quote Daniel Johns: "I've been thinking a lot since we finished about where this fits into the other stuff we've done. The way I see it, the first album was naivety, the second one was anger, the third one was depression and the last one was escapism. Young Modern is all about acceptance."
* Daniel Johns (vocals, guitar)
* Chris Joannou (bass)
* Ben Gillies (drums)
* Frogstomp (1995)
* Freak Show (1997)
* Neon Ballroom (1999)
* The Best of Silverchair, Volume One (2000)
* Diorama (2002)
* Live From Far Away Stables (2003)
* Young Modern (2007)
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