Ben Gillies / Silverchair


Ben Gillies chats
with Kenneth Beaumont
A quick phone conversation with a tired and slightly hung over Ben Gillies offers the goods on what to expect from the ever adventurous Silverchair.

“We’ve definitely stepped it up a notch. It wouldn’t be in true Silverchair fashion to not better ourselves and explore new avenues.”

With a huge New Years Eve bash and a brand new album and film clip on the way Silverchair are once again ready to satisfy the curious and the sceptics alike by dishing out what promises to be the biggest release of 2007, Young Modern.

It’s been three and half years since Silverchair last hit the stage in Newcastle and it appears that Gillies is as eagre as the fans for this up coming event, “I always look forward to the Newie shows, especially now. It took a long time for people in Newcastle to finally come around and actually appreciate what we do.”

What they have done is create a fanatically strong fan base that expects the unexpected. In regards to their last studio album Diorama Gillies says, “Our management was worried because it was so out there and different they thought it would just alienate people, but I think Silverchair fans have come to expect that we’re not just going to do the same thing over and over again, we’re always trying to better ourselves. I think that’s part of the appeal of the band, people get really bored with bands that find a winning formula and just stick with it. I think that they generally like the fact that we’re a little bit unpredictable and they don’t know what we’re going to come out with next.”

As for Young Modern, Gillies sounds enthusiastic and excited to be back in tight with the trio, “It’s like this album is our Led Zeppelin No. 4, if we’re going to step up to the plate and really have a go for it then this is our chance. We’re old enough now to know what we want and we’re not doing this for anybody else anymore. For whatever reason we just want to get out there and make the best music that we possibly can.”

“We’re at the point now were there are no egos involved and there are no other influences in our lives. We know exactly what we are doing because that’s our job. This is our career… we’re muso’s.”