Silverchair Neon Ballroom on 2LP
Mastered for Vinyl with Lacquers Created by Kevin Gray / Plated at RTI
Silverchair is one of the most acclaimed and successful Australian bands of all time. They have won 21 ARIA Awards - more than any other artist in history. All five of their studio albums have made it to #1 in their home country and they have sold well over six million albums around the world. Silverchair's debut album Frogstomp, recorded in just nine days in early 1995, was a raw sounding slab of alternative rock. A #1 hit in Australia and New Zealand the album went on to become the first Australian album since INXS to hit the U.S. top 10. Their 1997 sophomore album Freak Show was more adventurous than its predecessor and yielded three top ten singles in Australia.
After finally graduating from high school the band was able to spend much more time creating their critically lauded breakthrough, Neon Ballroom which was issued in 1999. The group's songwriter, Daniel Johns had been battling personal demons as he attempted to adjust to Silverchair's sudden success and he poured these experiences into his new batch of songs. Determined to shake the constant musical comparisons that had previously dogged his band, Johns created a truly original sounding album. Fusing heavy rock with orchestral flourishes, synthetic touches and powerfully emotional lyrics, the dark and haunting Neon Ballroom was universally acclaimed as a huge creative leap for Johns and his bandmates.
"To me, I honestly feel like our first record was Neon Ballroom. I've never felt any different. I don't feel like our first two albums were Silverchair: that's our teenage high school band. I don't like them at all. I listen to them and go, 'That's cute', especially the first one, because Frogstomp we were 14. But the second one we're like 16, I'm like 'You're getting older. You're running out of chances." - Daniel Johns