- Bang Showbiz
- 25 May 2011
Australian grunge group Silverchair have split up after almost 20 years together
Silverchair have split up.
The Australian grunge group have decided the band is "no longer fulfilling creatively" and parted ways after nearly 20 years together.
They said in a statement: "If the band stops being fun then we need to stop.
"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 group - made up of singer and guitarist Daniel Johns, bassist Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies - formed in 1992 and found fame as teenagers when their 1995 debut album 'Frogstomp' became an international success commercially and critically, spawning the hit 'Tomorrow'.
The band followed this with the equally well received 'Freak Show', which spawned huge singles 'Cemetery' and 'Freak'.
The band followed this up with 'Neon Ballroom' which showcased a more mature sound, but they started to face problems after Daniel admitted an eating disorder and claimed to "hate music", and "felt like a slave to it".
The group went on hiatus in 2002, but returned in 2006, releasing a fifth album in 2007, 'Young Modern'. The group were then working on a follow up it at the time of their split.
The statement continued: "Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it's become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn't there between the three of us at the moment.
"We understand some of you may be disappointed by this news but we really see it as a liberating and positive step for us at this point in our lives.
"The unbelievable loyalty we've been shown by you our audience, and our friends, has never gone unnoticed or unappreciated. That's why we wanted to tell you first."