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Storm hits Newcastle

Newcastle flood

The worst storm in over 30 years has hit Silverchair’s home town of Newcastle, Australia.

According to news reports over 6000 people have been left homeless. It is not known whether property belonging to the band (or their families) has been affected.

New South Wales Premiere Morris Iemma described the damage as worse than than the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.

Faultline, the popular Silverchair song from their debut album Frogstomp, was written about the 1989 quake which killed 13 people.

You can keep updated with the latest news via the ABC Newcastle website here, and view pictures here.

June 10, 2007   No Comments

New Diorama documentary

A new Silverchair documentary will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival on June 19.

Diorama – Great Australian Albums is described as “a behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of the recording of Diorama”.

Daniel Johns talks candidly of [his] journey, aided by fellow band members Ben Gillies and Chris Joannau, and interviewees Paul Mac, Matt Lovell, John Watson and Melissa Chenery among others.

The 52 minute film will be screened at Sydney’s Metro Theatre at 7pm. Further information and tickets for the screening are available here.

The documentary will also be made available on DVD on August 22, 2007. You can pre-order it at Chaos Music for AUS$22.00 (+ p&h) here.

Fans could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu about this film. There was a different documentary released in 2002 called Across the Night – The Creation of Diorama, directed by long-time Silverchair collaborator Robert Hambling.

June 9, 2007   No Comments

Ben's breakfast blog

Ben Gilles has posted a short blog entry on the Silverchair MySpace page.

In a jovial post the drummer tells fans about a “nude dream”, what he ate for breakfast and – more importantly – that he is “starting to get the itch” to play live again:

We’ve had about a week and a half off and loving it! I’ve been kicking back (except jumping on the skins to keep my chops up) and I’m feeling relaxed and rejuvenated… I am starting to get the itch though… keen to do some more shows.

Read the full post on the Silverchair MySpace blog here.

June 8, 2007   No Comments

Visions (of a sound)

Reflections Of A Sound

The new video for Reflections Of A Sound has made its debut online.

You can check it out at Silverchair’s official site or their MySpace page.

What do you think of the video? Was Reflections… the right choice for a second single? Once you’ve watched the video please come back and leave a comment by clicking on the link below.

Still no news from the record company on a CD single. Stay tuned for details…

June 8, 2007   No Comments

Silverchair hit the USA (and Canada)

American and Canadian Silverchair fans rejoice!

The band have announced their first full tour of North America in eight years.

Tickets go on sale for many shows (including Anaheim, Los Angeles, Montreal, Portland, San Diego and Seattle) very shortly. If the February gigs were anything to go by these will sell fast! Check below for on-sale dates and details.

This tour will precede a run of European shows in August. There are also rumours of an Australian tour later this year.

Anyone attending these shows is encouraged to send setlists, photos and reviews to the site. They will then be published on an upcoming tour page.

This is the most active Silverchair have been in years. Please get involved!

13-July-2007 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues (Tickets on sale 10am TODAY)
14-July-2007 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (Tickets on sale 10am TODAY)
15-July-2007 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues (Tickets on sale 10am TODAY)
17-July-2007 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent (Tickets on sale June 10th)
19-July-2007 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre (Tickets on sale midday TODAY)
20-July-2007 – Seattle, WA – Showbox (Tickets on sale midday TODAY)
21-July-2007 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (Tickets on sale June 15th)
23-July-2007 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theatre (Tickets on sale June 16th)
24-July-2007 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (Tickets on sale June 14th)
26-July-2007 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Tickets on sale June 13th)
27-July-2007 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom (Tickets on sale June 15th)
28-July-2007 – Philadelphia, PA – Fillmore at the TLA (Tickets on sale June 15th)
29-July-2007 – Boston, MA – Paradise (Tickets on sale June 14th)
30-July-2007 – Montreal, QC – Le Spectrum (Tickets on sale NOW!)
3-August-2007 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews (Tickets on sale June 15th)
1-August-2007 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix (Tickets on sale June 14th)
4-August-2007 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza (Tickets on sale NOW)
5-August-2007 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (Tickets on sale June 16th)

June 8, 2007   No Comments

Silverchair sign US deal

This is the news that North American fans (and anyone else interested in Silverchair’s ongoing label dramas in the US) have been waiting for…

Silverchair have signed to Warner Music’s Independent Label Group (ILG) in the States and their fifth studio album Young Modern will be released on July 24.

What does this mean? Well, the band will be doing their first full tour of North America since 1999. They will also be promoting the album through press, radio and TV.

Whether this translates into airplay on (the notoriously tough) American radio market is another question. On a positive note it means that US fans will have their first fully promoted album release since Neon Ballroom in 1999. Ana’s Song was a hit back then, let’s hope Straight Lines can have some similar success.

May 30, 2007   No Comments

Enmore Theatre show online

The fine folks at silverchair.nu have uploaded a live recording of the May 9 Enmore Theatre show in Sydney.

Although it’s one continuous 146Mb file, the audio quality is above average and is well worth the download. Grab it here while you can.

Enmore Theatre, Sydney, AUS
9 May 2007 (106 mins approx)

Set:
Young Modern Station, Low, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Emotion Sickness, Without You, Tuna In The Brine, Luv Your Life, Sleep All Day, Reflections Of A Sound, The Greatest View, Those Thieving Birds/Strange Behaviour, Don’t Wanna Be The One, Insomnia, Straight Lines, The Door, Mind Reader, Freak

Encore:
If You Keep Losing Sleep, The Lever

May 28, 2007   No Comments

Silverchair's 'One Night Stand'

The Australian music channel JTV has posted some beautiful live footage of Silverchair performing Young Modern Station at Cowra’s One Night Stand festival on April 20.

You can check it out along with a couple of band interviews here.

Apparently the full concert will be broadcast on JTV in July. Hopefully they’ll also put it online for the rest of us.

May 26, 2007   No Comments

Silverchair store

A new Silverchair store selling official merchandise opened it’s virtual doors this week.

All those looking for some Young Modern T-shirts and other parenphenalia should grab your (or your parent’s) credit cards and head to http://www.tsprint.com.au/silverchair.

May 10, 2007   No Comments

Young Modern tops Frogstomp

Today comes the news that Silverchair’s fifth studio album Young Modern has become the most successful of their career.

The band’s latest release has held the top position for an impressive four weeks, beating their debut album Frogstomp which was at #1 for three weeks.

These figures are based on the Australian album chart. Young Modern has achieved double platinum status (sales of 150,000) and is the fastest selling album of their career.

The question now is whether this success in their home country can translate to overseas sales. Only time will tell, but it just goes to show what can happen when mainstream radio pick up your ‘hit’ single. Next stop: North America for a “modern rock radio” assault!

Read the full press release at Chairpage.

April 30, 2007   No Comments