Silverchair is an Australian rock band from Newcastle. Formed in 1992, the band has a total of five studio albums. Frogstomp, their first grunge-sounding album, appeared in 1995 when they were only 16, followed by Freak Show in 1997, Neon Ballroom in 1999, Diorama in 2002 and Young Modern in 2007. They have more than six millions of albums sold worldwide.
Singer / guitarist Daniel Johns and drummer Ben Gillies started playing music together in elementary school and later met their future bassist Chris Joannou at school. Their first group, Short Elvis, quickly renamed Innocent Criminals, played mainly covers of Led Zeppelin, Deep purple, Black Sabbath, music that their fathers listened to. The trio performs on several stages around the Hunter Valley area during their teenage years. In 1994 they won a national competition called Pick Me with their song Tomorrow, which will allow them to sign a contract with Murmur, a subsidiary of Sony Music, and record their first EP simply named Tomorrow.
On May 25, 2011, via their Facebook page, they announce the group's standby.
The founders of Silverchair, Ben Gillies and Daniel Johns, are former school friends in Merewether, a district of Newcastle. Teenagers, singer Johns and drummer Gillies, play rap together in a music class. When they arrive at Newcastle High School, another student, Chris Joannou, joins the duet on bass. In 1992, they formed Death Rides at Sandwich with Tobin Finane as second guitarist - who will soon be leaving the band >>>. The trio performed on several stages around the Hunter Valley area during their teenage years, taking songs from Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath >>>. In 1994, Innocent Criminals participated in the YouthRock, a national competition where they rank first. At the beginning of the year, they record the Acid Rain, Cicada, Pure Massacre and Tomorrow demos at Platinum Sound Studios>.