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News February 5, 2021

Silverchair unites catalogue with Sony Music Australia

Senior Journalist, B2B
Silverchair unites catalogue with Sony Music Australia

Silverchair’s catalogue of recorded works are now in one place: Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

As part of a multi-prong deal announced Friday (5th February), the music major agree on a new distribution deal with Silverchair and unite their chart-topping studio LPs Young Modern and Diorama, and 2003 audio-visual album Live From Faraway Stables with the rest of the rockers’ works.

The trio of Novocastrian schoolmates Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou got a break in the early ‘90s when they won a national demo competition organised by SBS TV and Triple J.

Under the watchful guidance of artist manager John Watson, they dumped the name Innocent Criminals, signed to Sony Music Entertainment Australia subsidiary Murmur (founded by Watson and John O’Donnell) in 1994, and went to make recorded music history.

As young teens, the lads found themselves at the top of the national charts with their grunge-era debut album Frogstomp and the epic single ‘Tomorrow’.

Sony Music also released their chart-leading follow-ups, Freak Show and Neon Ballroom.

Watch Silverchair’s ‘Tomorrow’:

“It’s great to have the catalogue all under one roof at Sony Music, back where it all began for Silverchair,” explains Johns in a statement.

After a storied career during which Silverchair sold upwards of 6 million albums, played arenas and primetime festival slots worldwide, and won a record 21 ARIA Awards, they called it a day in 2011. In their own words, the trio entered into a period of “indefinite hibernation”.

That’s not the end of the story for Silverchair. “I am so delighted to have the band’s complete catalogue with Sony Music. We are really looking forward to some exciting opportunities in the years ahead,” explains Denis Handlin AO, Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand, Sony Music Entertainment.

“Daniel, Ben and Chris will always be a part of the Sony Music family and their songs will live forever.”

Watch Silverchair’s ‘Straight Lines’:

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.


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