Rock is all about selling a persona, and sometimes you have to change more than…
- Posted on May 25th 2011 11:00AM by Dan Reilly
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"We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop," the members -- singer-guitarist Daniel Johns, bassist Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies -- wrote in a joint letter on their website.
"Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into 'indefinite hibernation' and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future."
The band skyrocketed to international fame on the strength of their 1995 double-platinum debut album, 'Frogstomp,' which was recorded when the members were only 15 years old and featured the single 'Tomorrow.' Silverchair's next four albums topped the charts in Australia but their international success declined. During their career, Johns battled anorexia and arthritis, and went through a publicized divorce with singer Natalie Imbruglia.
Silverchair had been working on a new album but called it quits when it became "increasingly clear that the spark simply isn't there between the three of us." The group revealed they were all working on separate projects at the moment, and ended the statement by writing, "With Sincere Thanks For Your Understanding. Sweet Dreams. Daniel, Ben and Chris."
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