Approximately six years ago the Newcastle native grunge legends Silverchair announced that they would be going into “indefinite hibernation”. On the 25th May 2011, they announced:
“We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then … if the band stops being fun and if it’s no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop. […] Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it’s become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn’t there between the three of us at the moment. Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we’re putting Silverchair into “indefinite hibernation” and we’ve decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future.
— Daniel, Ben and Chris
So obviously the reason we are here is because six years later a number of great bands put their hands up to be involved in the making of Spawn (Again) A Tribute To Silverchair. I first discovered that this album would be happening while I was listening to Northlane on good ol’ Spotify and to say the least my heart raced with excitement! Now I never got majorly into Silverchair but they were one of the earliest bands I had heard on TV when I was a child and songs like “The Greatest View”, “Freak” and then later on “Straight Lines” always caught my interest. Enough of my rambling, let’s check out this highly anticipated tribute album.
The album kicks off with “Tomorrow” being covered by none other than The Amity Affliction. This one starts off strong and easily keeps up with the original while still keeping that unique Amity sound. The iconic chorus gave me chills like you wouldn’t believe! The only real critique I have for this track is while the screams were impressive I don’t think they were a good fit for this song, however I suppose it wouldn’t be Amity without them.
For some reason I was at first surprised to hear Void Of Vision’s rendition of “Israel’s Son”. Then I remembered it’s been many years since I first saw them when they were still a local band. “Israel’s Son” kicked off with power and maintained it throughout and the harsh screamed vocals definitely compliment the riff-work.
I have always been 50/50 when it comes to In Hearts Wake but when their cover of “Freak” first started I was instantly head banging in my chair. The clean vocals I felt were phenomenal as per usual with IHW, but the screamed vocals unfortunately didn’t do this cover any favours. Definitely worth a listen though!
I was a bit weary of The Brave’s cover of “Cemetery” until the upbeat powerful chorus kicked in with the rest of the band. Not much to be said about this one other than it was some outstanding music.
This brings us to my personal favourite song on this tribute album by Sydney’s own Northlane with their cover of “Anthem Of The Year 2000”. Not only does it stay true to the original, (excuse me for this massive statement), but I think it is even better than the original! Not to take anything away from Silverchair of course, but the sheer power of vocalist Marcus Bridge and the energetic instrumentals makes this the perfect cover. I have easily listened to it over 50 times by now!
“Ana’s Song” covered by Hands Like Houses keeps extremely true to the original Silverchair hit, only much heavier. It just simply works.
Ocean Grove weighs in with the title track “Spawn (Again)”. Just as I expected, it was an extremely heavy but melodic track.
Storm The Sky’s cover of “Emotion Sickness” gave off a really cool chilled vibe. This is simply one of those songs where you can sit back, listen, and just get lost in your thoughts. Definitely one to keep an ear out for.
Tonight Alive’s rendition of “Without You” is second last. There isn’t really much to say about this one, I thought it was a great cover, Jenna McDougall’s voice is simply breathtaking as always.
And thus at the end of this tribute album we have Columbus giving us a cover of the widely popular “Straight Lines”. This one started off on a high note with the faster paced verses, but when the chorus started I really wanted to stop listening, it does not do the original any justice in my opinion.
Overall aside from a couple of small nit-picky things, I think this was an absolutely amazing tribute to the Aussie grunge legends. Let’s just hope the boys from Silverchair have a good listen and it encourages them to come back and finish the album they were working on before they decided to call it a day.