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When Australian rock trio Silverchair arrived on European shores in 1995, their press coverage concentrated firmly on the fact that each member was just 15 years old. However, Chris Joannou (10 November 1979, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; bass), Daniel Johns (b. 22 April 1979, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; vocals/guitar) and Ben Gillies (b. Benjamin David Gillies, 24 October 1979, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia; drums) seemed quite capable of producing a noise in the best adult traditions of their primary influences, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. They actually formed three years previously in 1992 as Innocent Criminals, sharpening their skills in Joannous parents garage in Newcastle. Covers of material by Led Zeppelin, Kiss and Deep Purple soon evolved into a set of original songs. A few hesitant concerts later they entered and won a national Talent Quest contest, which allowed them to record a more polished demo and a promotional...