In his new cover of the May 2022 issue of NME AustraliaDaniel Johns spoke about the lasting legacy of Silverchair, why they would never reform in public and how, despite once striving to break free from the band’s signature style, he “stopped running away” from songs that might recall their old sound. .
Johns led Silverchair from 1992 until 2011, when the band was put into “indefinite hibernation”. Johns was just 12 when he formed Silverchair with drummer Ben Gillies and bassist Chris Joannou (then calling himself The Innocent Criminals), signed a three-album deal with Sony at age 15 (in 1994) and shot to international fame with debut album ‘Frogstomp’ just a year later.
Johns reflected on his youth and that of his former bandmates in the new NME interview – his first since returning from rehab, which he entered last month after a drunk driving incident – telling writer RS He that he is often struck by how ” fucking young” in the Golden Age of Silverchair.
“Even back in the ‘Young Modern’ era, I was 28/29,” he said, “which is pretty darn young for an ‘industry veteran’.”
Johns then confessed that he dreams “all the time fucking” about alternative paths he could have taken, but said he finally accepted that his career had blossomed the way it did.
He said: “I often see guys my age, surfing the beach in their traditional vans, playing with their kids in the park, and I’d be lying if I didn’t wonder once in a while what my life would be like if the band didn’t. I’m not taking off, but it’s not like I was jealous or anything. I understand that the path I took was probably determined by some sort of fate and I am grateful for the good and bad experiences. It’s certainly been an interesting life so far.
As for the potential of a Silverchair reunion – something Johns has long vowed not to do – the former frontman confirmed that, despite a teaser from Gillies in January, the band have no plans to go back on. stage. “I have incredible memories of playing live,” he told NME, “but like an athlete who feels his body can’t handle the rigors of match day anymore, my mind can’t take it anymore. manage the live touring world.
“Sometimes the YouTube algorithm gives me a Silverchair gig at the time and I find myself quietly impressed…until I screw up a note and turn it off.”
The new interview came off Johns’ second solo album, “FutureNever,” which landed in April via BMG. He explained to NME that recording the new album offered a chance to accommodate the burden of being primarily known as the former leader of Silverchair.
“For years I felt like I had to ‘prove myself’ outside of Silverchair,” he admitted, before reflecting, “To me, that’s complete nonsense in retrospect. If you read the credits Silverchair albums, it’s all there – I’ve already proven myself in this group.
A product of this calculating process was the more guitar-centric sound explored on ‘FutureNever’. As Johns explained, “I stopped running away from the ‘Silverchair-like sounds’ that I actively avoided on [2015 solo debut] ‘Speak’. Of course, I sound a bit like Silverchair, I played a pretty big role in the success of this band!
Elsewhere in the chat, Johns praised another Australian artist who rose quickly to fame at a young age – The Kid LAROI – saying he could tell the hip-hop star would “explode” when he heard his music for the first time, and expressing hope that those around him will give him the support he needs.
NME gave ‘FutureNever’ a four-star review, with Andrew Trendell praising the “vulnerability, curiosity and adventure that make ‘FutureNever’ unmistakably Johns”.