Silverchair Biography

Silverchair were an Australian rock band, which formed in 1992 as Innocent Criminals in Merewether, Newcastle with the line-up of Ben Gillies on drums, Chris Joannou on bass guitar and Daniel Johns on vocals and guitars. The group got their big break in mid-1994 when they won a national demo competition conducted by SBS TV show Nomad and ABC radio station, Triple J. The band were signed by Murmur, and were successful on the Australian and international rock stages.

As of 2011, Silverchair have won a record number of 21 ARIA Music Awards from 49 nominations. The band have also received six APRA Awards with Johns winning three songwriting awards at the 2008 ceremony. All five of their studio albums have peaked at number-one on the ARIA Albums Chart: Frogstomp (1995), Freak Show (1997), Neon Ballroom (1999), Diorama (2002) and Young Modern (2007). Three of the group's singles have reached number-one on the related ARIA Singles Chart: "Tomorrow" (1994), "Freak" (1997) and "Straight Lines" (2007).

Silverchair's alternative rock sound has evolved throughout their career, differing styles on specific albums steadily growing more ambitious over the years, from grunge on their debut to more recent work displaying orchestral and art rock influences. The songwriting and singing of Johns has improved steadily while the band has developed an increased element of complexity. In 2003, following the release of Diorama, the band announced a hiatus, during which time members recorded with side projects The Dissociatives, The Mess Hall, and Tambalane. Silverchair were reunited at the 2005 Wave Aid concerts, and, in 2007, they played the Across the Great Divide tour with contemporaries Powderfinger. In May 2011, Silverchair announced an indefinite hiatus. Prior to that month, the group have sold close to 8 million albums worldwide.

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Silverchair split up to go into 'indefinite hibernation'

Australian three-piece call it a day after 20 years in the business

  • May 25, 2011


The Australia Record Industry Association gives them five awards each - but The Vines get only one...

  • Oct 16, 2002


The Aussie rockers and the Scouse madmen are among the latest additions...

  • May 24, 2002


The Aussie rockers react to being dumped by their record company by going it alone...

  • Nov 14, 2000


But it does not mean the end for the [b]Aussie[/b] rockers...

  • Oct 14, 2000

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Silverchair : Diorama

Silverchair : Diorama

Over-produced Aussie rock

  • Aug 9, 2002

Neon Ballroom

This is as frightening as it gets....

  • Mar 14, 1999

London Camden Electric Ballroom

Three young men unduly blessed with good looks and technical proficiency who, in the course of a painfully protracted set, can muster little more than a load of bass-heavy powerchord bluster and no

  • Jan 16, 1999

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