Hey fellow chairheaders!
Sorry that I haven't been updating as often as I used to. I've been pretty busy planning my arrival back home to Oz. Being in NY sometimes doesn't afford me all the timely information I get in the land of Silverchair, but I pass on what I can.
So... what has happened?
First of all for anyone who's been following the progress will notice little mini movies arriving on chairpage, during the pre-mix stage of the album recording down in 301 studios. For those who haven't visited the site in a while, you'll find a list of them here
Then it was off to do a handful of festival gigs during March and April. Great reviews seem to be following the handful of festival and secret gigs that the boys performed in that time. In my travels I discovered some amazing shots from a photographer by the name of Daniel Boud
during the Great Escape festival. While you're going through the photos don't forget to give the man some love.
Then the 'chair revealed some more dates, Sydney's own Homebake, The Pyramid Festival, and then NYE at one of my old watering holes 'Queen Wharf Brewery', Newcastle. You have no idea how pissed I am at missing that one. They sold out in record time!
Just a few months back the guys headed to a little studio in LA to record the album in full. Once the tracks were done, Ben and Chris headed home and Daniel headed to Prague to hook up with Van Dyke Parks to record some orchestral elements on 3 songs. Then Daniel headed back to LA to begin the mixing, adding a few additional layers of his own.
Then word started flying about that the album release was going to be delayed from the date co-inciding with the Homebake gig, towards January, then further delays towards April next year. Why you might ask?
Well it's been revealed that during the mixing stage producer Nick Launay (Freakshow) and Daniel parted citing "musical differences". So it appears Nick's off doing another job, and the boys are waiting to team up with another engineer to put everything together. So never fear, all the tracks are recorded, and as soon as their desired engineer becomes available the album will be complete. It's just a matter of time.
It had also been leaked that the title of the album will be... "Young Modern"
Since that time the boys have focused more on playing, and it has been announced that during the ARIA awards at the end of October, as part of ARIA's Hall of Fame award, Silverchair will be doing a tribute to the one and only 'Midnight Oil'. Should be definitely one to watch. More dates have been announced next year, no tour has been scheduled just yet.
Needless to say, it's been quite an eventful time for everyone involved. So please, thoughts? feelings? How do you think everything will turn out. I personally just love it when you get to see a completely raw impression of what Silverchair have in mind, because at this point, I have complete faith in their musical direction. Hopefully when I get back to Oz after Christmas I can once again write about their performances first hand. Until that time, hope to hear from everybody, and more updates as they come to hand!