Silverchair spent much of the month of December 1995 in the United States before returning home for the holidays and a New Year's Eve show in Perth.
One of the highlights of the month was an appearance as the musical guests on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The band performed two songs -- Tomorrow and Pure Massacre, both of which can be seen in RealVideo in the Reports from the Road section.
Silverchair were honoured with five awards at the Ninth Annual Australian Record Industry (ARIA) ceremony at Sydney's Darling Harbour convention centre on Oct. 2, 1995.
The band were nominated for eight awards and won in the following categories:
Best Australian Single (Tomorrow)
Best Australian Debut Single (Tomorrow)
Highest Selling Australian Single (Tomorrow)
Best Australian New Talent
Best Australian Debut Album (frogstomp)
In typical silverchair style, the band members chose not to go to the podium to accept any of their awards, instead sending up Josh Shirley, the young son of frogstomp producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley.
silverchair did make an appearance on stage, however, teaming up with You Am I lead singer Tim Rogers for the ARIA Awards closing number, a performance of the Radio Birdman track New Race.
At the end of the song, Ben Gillies decided to take a header at the front of his bass drum. A slit was supposed to have been cut in the drum skin but it wasn't, so Gillies was left seeing stars for a moment.
Epic Records Release
In June of 1994, this power-grunge trio from industrial Newcastle, Australia entered a national demo competition. Their song, Tomorrow, was chosen from over 800 entries, and the prize was a day in the recording studio of Australia's national alternative radio network 2JJJ-FM. silverchair recut Tomorrow and handed over the tape to the station; the song was added to the playlist, and listener response was so overwhelmingly positive that soon Tomorrow was bumped up to heavy rotation.
By December, Tomorrow was the #1 song in Australia -- and silverchair were one of the most popular bands in the country.
Mind you, this was before the trio had signed a proper recording contract, much less released an album -- certainly an unusual sequence of events. By the time of their pact with the Sony-affiliated Australian indie Murmur and the release of a four-song EP, silverchair had amassed a large and devoted following. Still, no one expected their next single, Pure Massacre, to follow Tomorrow up the charts, leapfrog over the earlier track, and claim the #1 position even as Tomorrow remained in the Top 5. But that's exactly what happened.
frogstomp, silverchair's debut album, entered the Australian charts at #1 -- the first debut album by an Australian artist to do so. Within a week of arrival in stores, frogstomp was certified platinum; it is now double platinum, having remained #1 for six consecutive weeks. [Editor's Note: By the end of 1995, the album was certified triple platinum.]
frogstomp is a stunning debut, and a portent of even greater things to come from the band called silverchair.
Frogstomp March 20th for 'Chair
By Casey Bennetto
I don't know whether this has been posted before (and fallen off), but anyway, silverchair's album is out on March 20th. Titled frogstomp, it will be released in the U.S. through Epic. I'm getting this info out of the Melbourne trades, so sorry if it seems like I'm shipping coal to Newcastle (as it were!)
Leave Me Out
Stranger Than You (working title)
Let's hope it's a sharp release from them. It'd be a shame to see this momentum (that has every band in Australia drooling with envy) go to waste. On the other hand, it's a fair bit of pressure on them, isn't it? Still, I bet they had a better summer holiday than any other kid at their school!
By the way, Tomorrow has gone double platinum and Pure Massacre is gold. Not bad for "Nirvana in pyjamas!" Good luck, 'chair!