Silverchair fans will get their first taste of the band’s long awaited new album Young Modern this Friday (February 2nd) when the disc’s first single – “Straight Lines” – premieres on Australian radio and on the band’s websites www.chairpage.com, www.myspace.com/silverchair.

The epic rock track will be the first brand new Silverchair song to hit the airwaves in almost five years. The song was one of the standouts from the group’s recent acclaimed performances at the sold out Homebake and Pyramid festivals.

“Straight Lines” was produced by group frontman Daniel Johns with legendary Midnight Oil collaborator Nick Launay who worked on previous Silverchair albums Freak Show and Neon Ballroom. It was mixed by David Bottrill who did the band’s last album – their 2002 classic, Diorama.

The video for the song will also premiere on Friday. It features a dynamic band performance that was filmed at the Olympic Park train station in Sydney by Directors Paul Goldman and Alice Bell ( the pair behind the acclaimed film Suburban Mayhem).

Silverchair are currently in Canada putting the final touches to the mixing of Young Modern. The group recently announced that they would do some showcase gigs in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles before they return home and were staggered by the demand. More than 2000 tickets sold out in each city in minutes with very little advertising and no promotion – a feat unmatched in the band’s history.

The dates are expected to further fuel US record company interest in the band. The trio are currently free agents internationally having made the unusual move of self funding the creation of Young Modern to ensure full creative freedom.

In other Silverchair news it has been announced that a CD single of “Straight Lines” will be released in Australia on Saturday March 10 with Young Modern to follow on March 31.

The CD single will feature 3 bonus tracks - two more original songs plus a live version of the Midnight Oil classic “I Don’t Wanna Be The One” which Silverchair performed at last year’s ARIA Awards to induct the Oils into the Hall Of Fame.