Silverchair is an Australian alternative rock band comprised of lead singer/guitarist Daniel Johns, Bass guitarist Chris Joannou, and drummer Ben Gillies. They have been highly successful, winning a record 20 ARIAs (Australian Record Industry Awards). The band first gained notoriety when one of their first songs "Tomorrow", won a local music competition run by television network SBS
in 1994. In 2003 the band went on hiatus
, members using the break to record on side projects The Dissociatives, The Mess Hall, and Tambalane. The Wave Aid concerts of 2005 saw the band reunite, and album Young Modern
was released in 2007. Silverchair joined up with fellow Australian Rockers Powderfinger
to play the Across the Great Divide
tour across Australia and New Zealand, which was to increase awareness of the efforts of Reconcilation Australia to reduce the 17-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
They broke up in 2011, although it was officially called an "indefinite hibernation".
- Frogstomp (1995)
- Freak Show (1997)
- Neon Ballroom (1999)
- Diorama (2002)
- Young Modern (2007)
Silverchair provide examples of:
- Animated Music Video: Daniel Johns' arthritis precluded him from performing around the time of Diorama's release, and so the video clip to "Luv Your Life" had to be animated so as not to remove the face of the band and confuse fans.
- Artifact Title: "Punk Song #2", a Freak Show outtake that was released as a B-Side. There were originally both a "Punk Song #1" and "Punk Song #3", but the other two didn't retain their Working Titles - "Punk Song #1" became "Lie To Me" while "Punk Song #3" became "Satin Sheets".
- Britpop: Young Modern has been described as a "post-Britpop" record.
- Buffy Speak: "Big, big and violent, like a thing that's big and violent."- World Upon Your Shoulders.
- Improbable Age: They were 15 when they recorded Frogstomp.
- Any teen with a garage band would no doubt be thinking "how come we don't have a record?" when they read this.
- Instrumentals: "Madman". They actually did record a version with lyrics, which appeared as one of the bonus tracks on The Best Of, Vol. One, but it was first released as an instrumental on Frogstomp - the version with lyrics turns out to be an Ode To Sobriety.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Lie To Me", a one minute and twenty two second Single Stanza Song ("Gonna be a liar / Lie to me, yeah / Gonna be a while / Lie to me, yeah"). There are also the Hardcore Punk Cover Versions they released as B Sides - Minor Threat's "Minor Threat" (1:36) and Black Flag's "Wasted/Fix Me" (1:51, and if they'd performed "Wasted" and "Fix Me" as two separate songs both would have been about a minute long).
- New Sound Album: Someone listening to Frogstomp and then Diorama would be forgiven for thinking it's two completely different bands. Frogstomp was released when the band was in their mid-teenage years at the height of The Nineties Grunge revolution. Their 4th album Diorama somewhat defies classification but it's a soft contemporary adult easy listening piano based sound far far removed from their origins.
- No Title: "Untitled", though the official title is "Untitled": That's how it's listed on the Godzilla soundtrack album anyway.
- Protest Song: "Anthem For the Year 2000" dissed populist politician Pauline Hanson for her authoritarian stance on youth policy. "Pure Massacre" is about how War Is Hell. "Spawn" (and its rearranged version, "Spawn Again") is a somewhat word salad-y statement against factory farming and general cruelty to animals.
- Sanity Slippage Song: "If You Keep Losing Sleep". Actually, Diorama and Young Modern were full of these due to Daniel Johns' Creator Breakdown.
- Shout-Out: The band name is a Narnia reference, to - you guessed it - The Silver Chair specifically. Early on, they claimed it had something to do with hastily writing down the titles of Nirvana's "Sliver" and You Am I's "Berlin Chair" as "Silver Chair", but later they confirmed that it came from the novel. It's unknown as to why they had made the other story up in the first place, but perhaps they just thought the real origin of their name didn't seem to mesh with their Post-Grunge sound at the time.
- They were known as Innocent Criminals until just before they entered (and won) a demo contest run by the TV show Nomad. When they admitted they'd made up the other origin story, one possible explanation that emerged as to why they lied was that one of the Nomad producers assigned them the name because of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals and they didn't want people to know that a TV producer came up with it.