silverchair have started work on their new album in their hometown of Newcastle with producer David Bottrill.

At this stage they are still doing pre-production - the process of honing the songs before starting to record them. Actual recording is expected to start in mid-August and once it does you'll read about it here first.

chairpage is currently finalizing plans to provide regular updates from inside the studio including behind the scenes photos and video of the band at work. More details on all this will be posted soon.

In the meantime chairpage can exclusively reveal that the band is trying to name the album before recording is actually completed. Many album titles are already under consideration but in the most recent newsletter from the band's fan club Daniel Johns confirmed that "frogstomp", "Freak Show", "Neon Ballroom" and "Whoa Nelly" are definitely out of the running.