SILVERCHAIR – ” The Singles ” Reissues

Posted: August 12, 2022 in MUSIC

Australian post-grunge band Silverchair released their full-length debut album “Frogstomp” in 1995 when the band members were only 15 years of age. Nine days is all it took for the three teenages Ben Gillies, Daniel Johns and Chris Joannou, to record the 11 tracks. The legendary debut album included “Pure Massacre”, the vinyl-only track “Blind” and their most popular single to date, “Tomorrow”.

Silverchair released their debut EP “Tomorrow” in 1994, after winning a radio contest on Triple J. The extended play already became the band’s big breakthrough. Its title single reached #1 on the Australian Single Chart and remained there for six consecutive weeks. After re-recording the songs, the band also started to book major successes internationally.

The song was later released on “Frogstomp“, the band’s debut studio album, in 1995. Written by lead singer and guitarist Daniel Johns and drummer Ben Gillies, it was produced and engineered by Phil McKellar at the national radio station Triple J’s studios for SBS-TV’s show, Nomad, which aired on 16th June 1994. After the broadcast the band were signed to the Murmur label – a Sony Music subsidiary – which subsequently issued the “Tomorrow” EP.

The Australian rock band Silverchair released their debut EP “Tomorrow” in 1994, after winning a radio contest on Triple J. The extended play already became the band’s big breakthrough. The EP was certified 4-times Platinum, received an award for Single Of The Year and Highest Selling Single at the ARIA Music Awards in 1995, where Silverchair also went home with the award for Breakthrough Artist.

After booking major successes with their first single from the Frogstomp album, “Tomorrow”, Silverchair released the second single “Pure Massacre” not long after. It was a successful follow-up to the first single, charting well in Australia, New Zealand and the US. According to interviews with lead singer and guitarist Daniel Johns, the song and its lyrics are inspired by the Bosnian War.

“Israel’s Son” is the 1995 third single released from their debut full-length album Frogstomp, which was released earlier the same year. The track was inspired by a TV documentary about wartime atrocities and seeks to criticise violence and war by portraying them in all their horror. The EP “Israel’s Son” also includes three live tracks, “Blind”, “Leave Me Out” and “Undecided”, which were recorded at the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne.

Daniel Johns said about the song in an interview with Request Magazine in November 1995:That [song] was about an execution I saw on tele. I got this video of an execution, and I just saw it, and I was watching it one night, and I had a dream about it, and I woke up and thought, ‘Oh yeah, that’s pretty cool’, and I wrote a song about it

The EP Israel’s Son is available on vinyl for the first time and is part of the Silverchair Collection, presented by Music On Vinyl. Israel’s Son is available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on smoke coloured vinyl and includes an insert with other titles from the Silverchair Collection.

The title track of the EP “Shade” by Silverchair was also the fourth single from their full-length debut album “Frogstomp”. It was the only single by Silverchair that was not included in their 2000 compilation album “The Best Of Volume 1“. The EP also features a live version of “Israel’s Son”, which was recorded at the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne.

Soundscape Magazine writer Colm Browne wrote that the song has a “terrific sound that is extremely pleasing to listen to. The lyrics are very simple and short but they seem much more heartfelt and that they may relate to the band personally”

The EP “Shade” is part of the Silverchair Collection, presented by Music On Vinyl. Shade is available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on black & white marbled vinyl and includes an insert with other titles from the Silverchair Collection.

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