Since the release of Frogstomp in 1995, Silverchair’s foothold on the Australian music scene has been undeniable. With five chart-topping albums and an endless list of awards, the Newcastle trio were the relatable voice of the youth.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the grunge trailblazers’ second album Freakshow, Australia’s heaviest independent record label UNFD has gathered some of their best local talent to pay tribute. Tribute albums are always tough – you need to pay respect to the original without losing your own sound – and this ‘sweet spot’ is harder to hit than it sounds. While all bands featured give an enjoyable (heavier) new angle to the classics, there are a few standouts: In Hearts Wake’s homage to grunge anthem Freak still has that lingering creepiness of the original, with the addition of some breakdowns typical of the Byron Bay metalcore lads; Tonight Alive’s rendition of Without You stands out via frontwoman Jenna McDougall’s piercing vocal; and nostalgia peaks in the opening chords of Anthem For The Year 2000, with Marcus Bridge leading Northlane to a fan favourite chorus with an extra level of angst – which is, it turns out, possible.
Spawn (Again): A Tribute To Silverchair is out November 17 via UNFD.