Silverchair are one of the most acclaimed and successful Australian bands of all time. They have won 21 ARIA Awards - more than any other artist in history. All five of their studio albums has made it to #1 in this country and they have sold well over six million albums around the world.
The group’s members were all born in 1979 in the Newcastle surf suburb of Merewether. Singer/guitarist Daniel Johns and drummer Ben Gillies started making music together at primary school and schoolmate Chris Joannou later joined on bass. They got their big break in mid-1994 when they won a national demo competition conducted by SBS TV show “Nomad” and Triple J.
The band changed its name from Innocent Criminals to Silverchair and in August 1994 they released their winning demo – a track called “Tomorrow”. The song eventually spent six weeks at #1 on the Australian singles charts and 20 weeks in the top 10. In 1995 it became the most played song of the year on U.S. modern rock radio.
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