All three of the previously released singles from Freak Show -- Freak, Abuse Me and Cemetery -- have been No. 1 successes on the ARIA Alternative chart and Top 10 hits on the national mainstream ARIA chart.
The new single is a five-track and includes the studio version of Surfin' Bird from the Surfrider Foundation MOM compilation, and three songs recorded live at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on April 20, 1997 -- Roses, Madman and Minor Threat. Vocals on Minor Threat feature Jeremy Chatelain from Handsome, who supported silverchair at many dates in North America earlier this year.
Although the single was not officially delivered to Australian radio stations until Sept. 22, The Door had already proven popular with radio programmers around the country. Triple J added the track from the album to rotation several weeks earlier, and the song had already been included in the Austereo Hot 30 countdowns.
"It's influenced a lot by Led Zeppelin and anything from that era really," said silverchair's Daniel Johns. "Before the album, when I actually wrote it and showed Ben and Chris, Ben and Chris liked it and they wanted to continue working on it and write a bit more, and I didn't really like the song. And they were like, 'oh, come on, we'll just use it' and so I said, 'yeah all right,' just to see how it would turn out. And it ended up changed a little bit and now I'm really happy with it.
The song has become a crowd favourite at silverchair's live shows. No new video clip will be filmed for the single, but the band plans to provide Australian music video outlets with live versions of The Door.