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It was announced today that Silverchair’s latest highly acclaimed album - Young Modern - has been shortlisted for this year’s “J Award”. The prestigious prize for the Australian album of the year is decided by the key staff at the country’s national youth broadcaster, Triple J.
Young Modern is the third album to be added to this year’s “J Award” shortlist. The award’s winner will be announced following the ARIA Awards in late November as the climax of the station’s Ausmusic month special programming.
Silverchair are currently in the U.S. preparing for an appearance tomorrow on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. However the group’s frontman Daniel Johns said, "there's no radio station in the world like Triple J. They have a totally artistic focus that shapes the musical taste of our whole country. For them to single out Young Modern in this way therefore really means a lot to Ben and Chris and I. It's the kind of respect that's very hard to earn so we feel honoured and we don't take it lightly."
In the days before the “J Award” existed, Silverchair’s previous release (2002’s Diorama) was voted “Album of the Year” by Triple J’s listeners. That disc will be the subject of a new documentary to be aired in Australia on SBS TV at 8.30pm on Saturday July 28. The show will launch a new TV Series called “Great Australian Albums”. Subsequent episodes will feature Crowded House’s “Woodface”, The Triffids’ “Born Sandy Devotional” and The Saints’ “I’m Stranded”. For more information please visit www.myspace.com/greataustralianalbums.
Silverchair will return to Australia in late August for a huge co-headlining tour with Powderfinger. The event will visit over 20 metropolitan and regional centers around the country through September and October and tickets for all shows went onsale today with a bang. Check out www.acrossthegreatdivide.com.au for all the news, dates and ticketing information on this special tour.
But if you can’t wait till then to see Silverchair you may want to tune into the ABC tomorrow night when they'll screen a special behind-the-scenes documentary on Triple J's "One Night Stand" gig in Cowra. This special event occurred in April and was attended by over 10,000 people. They were treated to performances by Silverchair, Midnight Juggernauts, Behind Crimson Eyes, triplejunearthed.com winners Flatline Drama and local Cowra band, Leap of Faith.