The tracklisting for Silverchair's first new album in over three years ... "Diorama" ... has been unveiled today as well as more details regarding its Australian launch on Easter Sunday.
The highly anticipated disc will feature 11 brand new songs. All have been written and co-produced by Silverchair's frontman Daniel Johns and produced by Tool and Peter Gabriel collaborator, David Bottrill. The tracklisting will be:
Across The Night
The Greatest View
World Upon Your Shoulders
One Way Mule
Tuna In The Brine
Too Much Of Not Enough
Luv Your Life
My Favourite Thing
After All These Years
Legendary Beach Boys and U2 orchestral arranger, Van Dyke Parks, added his magic to three songs ("Across The Night", "Luv Your Life" and "Tuna In The Brine") while Paul Mac and Midnight Oil's Jim Moginie also played on the album.
"Diorama" sees Silverchair exploring lots of new ground including a much brighter lyrical outlook than that displayed on their previous works. The disc also really embraces melodies to create a disc which "Rolling Stone" magazine has already called "one of the boldest musical statements ever made by an Australian rock band".
"No matter what people have got going on in their lives, hopefully when they play this album it will make them forget about everyday stuff. When music does that it’s magical and, for me, that’s what "Diorama" is about", says Daniel Johns.
In other Silverchair news, the band's Australian record label, Eleven: a music company announced that "Diorama" would be available in two different packages in Australasian stores.
The "Special Edition" (cat# elevenCD8SP) will contain a 10 minute CDROM short film about the making of the album. This version will also include a bonus postcard, a slipcase and full colour booklet. The "Special Edition" is expected to be stocked mainly by specialist music retailers.
The standard edition of the album contains none of the extra features and has normal album packaging. This version (cat# elevenCD8) is expected to be carried mainly by chains and department stores.
"Diorama" will be instore everywhere from Easter Sunday. Rather than launching the album with a private, industry only event (as happens with most major releases), Silverchair has elected to make their album launch events readily accessible to the general public.
The band's album launch will actually happen live on Triple J from 7pm to 8.30pm on Easter Monday (April 1). Over the course of this event, the Newcastle trio will perform songs live on the radio and the internet and answer questions from the public in Australia and around the world.
The following night (Tuesday April 2) Silverchair will become the first artist to ever perform two songs on the Ten Network TV show, Rove (Live). Daniel Johns will also do his first ever one-on-one TV interview with host, Rove McManus, as part of this special program.