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Silverchair

Remember these guys? They were here, then they were gone, and recently I just found out that they came back and are still around but I had no clue. They are now considered Alternative Rock. I remember Post-Grunge with Frogstomp.

This is a band of three, unlike Guns n’ Roses with a band of 17 (ok I’m exaggerating) and have sold over 6million records to date. They were back in studio again June 6/09 according to their website.

As I looked through their videos from days gone by, I realized they had a lot out in the 90’s! I recognized pretty much all of them and knew most of the words. These guys started at the age of 14, which is amazing because look at the time they’ve been together (including the hiatus as mentioned below only b/c the originals got back together after that point). That’s like 17yrs! From youth! Normally you see people come and go (especially through growing stages of being a kid/teen to older teen, to in the 20’s and now 30) but not these guys, the originals are still together, to date! I dug up some pre-Frogstomp “Tomorrow” and it was quite cute and raw compared to the release after their CD but it was good to see the before ‘being popular’ video.

Daniel Johns (singer) had a break from Silverchair. After rumours of drug addiction he had to finally explain that he had developed anorexia nervosa as a result of listening to his own music. Yeah, I know, wth?? At his thinnest, Johns claims that he weighed less than 110 pounds. In my opinion even at his skinniest, he was still freaking hott. A little stick man but still hott. Mind you he wouldn’t have had much energy so that would suck. With Neon Ballroom came the single “Ana’s Song (Open Fire)” about Johns’ battle and inner feelings struggling with the condition. Further confirmation came in 2004, when Johns spoke at length to ABC interviewer Andrew Denton and revealed that at one point he had considered suicide. Because of his love for animals he had become a vegan, however, he had to become a vegetarian – doctor’s orders!

Check this shit out – In a January 1996 murder case, the defendant counsel for Brian Bassett, 16, and Nicholaus McDonald, 18, claimed that the pair listening to “Israel’s Son”, from Frogstomp, caused the murder of Bassett’s parents to take place. The band issued a statement denying that they condoned any such acts of violence, and the defence case was rejected. Its one thing to sing about it, and a totally different thing to do it. Silverchair doesn’t go around killing people?and what about Eminem’s new CD Relapse?? I own it and its one of his most fucked up CD’s yet. But he himself doesn’t walk around at 3am in the morning killing people?really though. Get a grip. If he did what he sings about he’d be put away forever with no chance of parole as well as many many other bands that sing about death and violence. A huge difference from it being fake and real and some people thing the bands condone this. If music starts talking to you, telling you to do this shit, you need help, it’s not real. And EM puts it perfectly in his “Sing for the Moment” song – “They say music can alter moods and talk to you, Well can it load a gun up for you, and cock it too.?. See what these kids do is hear about us totin’ pistols, and they want to get one cause they think the shit’s cool. Not knowin’ we really just protectin’ ourselves?. But music is reflection of self, we just explain it, ?..It’s fucked up ain’t it” Yeah it is fucked up EM, it really is.

Back to Silverchair – during their break the members recorded with side projects The Dissociatives, The Mess Hall, and Tambalane. Silverchair were reunited at the 2005 Wave Aid concerts, and went on to release Young Modern and play the Across the Great Divide tour with Powderfinger. Silverchair’s sound has evolved throughout their career, differing sounds on specific albums steadily growing more ambitious over the years, from post-grunge on their debut to their more recent orchestral prog-infused chamber-pop. The song writing and singing of Daniel Johns has been noted as improving steadily while the band has developed an increased element of complexity in later works. I had actually heard one of their songs a couple years ago but honestly didn’t know it was them, however, I really liked it! It was “Straight Lines” Keep Rocking guys!

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