The age gap between 15 and 17 is massive, though it doesn’t seem that way on paper. But for Australian trio Silverchair, those two years saw them evolve from boys to men. Their 1995 debut, Frogstomp, got figuratively stomped on by critics for its derivative grunge sound. Yet fans were enamored, seeing massive potential in singer-guitarist Daniel Johns, drummer Ben Gillies and bassist Chris Joannou.
Armed with fuzz pedals and teenage angst, Silverchair amassed a huge following— all before graduating high school.
So by the time they turned 17 and wrapped work on their second record, Freak Show, they were seasoned veterans. A newfound maturity could be heard in the solemn “Cemetery” and the orchestral “Petrol and Chlorine.” And the title itself spoke volumes about Johns’ internal battles, later revealed on album three, Neon Ballroom, as anorexia.