Back in 1995 when silverchair's debut album 'Frogstomp' was released, people thought that the album was just going to be a one hit wonder. But they managed to go from strength to strength with each album, 1995's 'Frogstomp' being there 'grunge' album sounding a lot like Pearl Jam. 1996's 'Freak Show' showed a more aggressive band as they were going through their adolescent years. In 1999 it was time to grow up with the emotional and very lyrical 'Neon Ballroom', now to there latest offering, 2002's 'Diorama' that included an orchestra in nearly every song. They have greatly progressed and like wine they are getting better with age. Now for the release of their first live album/dvd, 'Live from the Faraway Stables' shows silverchair at their very best. Playing two different sets, the first set being a more mellower and the latter being a full-blown 'rock show'! With the extra two keyboardists who have been hired for this tour they supply all of the orchestral and piano sounds that have been used for 'Diorama' they also add much more atmosphere and depth. Silverchair aren't boys anymore, they have become men with the world at the feet (or should I say shoulders). Overall i think that this dvd/cd package is one of the best live performances by any rock band out there.
I had heard nothing about this box set, until I saw it on Amazon and then did everything I could to get it as soon as possible! I was lucky enough to get to see Silverchair at one of their 5 sold out shows earlier this year. I was a bit unsure at first, I thought they might be a bit dull and depressing, but I was converted in about 5 minutes!! Daniel Johns has become one of the great song writers of recent times, and on top of that, one of the best performers too. He is a very charismatic front man and can shake his a**se like nobody else!! During the slow, theatrical songs he manages to add such elegance to them by his soft, versitle voice, and during the rockier moments he can whip the crowd into a frenzy very easily by moving like a snake on acid and by using the long lost art of audience participation. This man is still very young, but some of tyhe older bands could still learn a thing or two from him. All this is captured on this DVD/CD. The band are tight and faultless, including the two keyboardists who manage to recreate the orchestral arrangements of Silverchair's latest works with great effect. The set list includes everysong you could wish for, and focuses mostly on the latest album, but old classics such as "The door" and "steam will rise" are giving a surprising new twist! But, there is one downfall. The production. The guitars are mixed too low and, at times, are virtually impossible to hear. Plus, I think that maybe the Orchestral parts are a bit too overpowering. This said though, on the CD, the mix seems to be better and more like the records. This is a must have for new ond old fans, and despite the lack of extra's is still stunning.
Lucky enough to see the tour this set is based on and i have to say that as someone who was not a fan at the time was completly knocked out by how good they where (also i was sitting behind Ms Imbruliga,which was ace) This set captures the "Accros the night" tour perfectly and is one of the best Live sets ive ever heard. Also check out the old dear in the front row she is really funny, worth buying just for her tbh :)
I like many others love Silvechair and this Cd/Dvd set is superb. Silverchair unlike most bands don't release many DVD's and this is one of the best sets ever!! It's a rare insight into one of the most under rated bands in the music industry. Buy this box set YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!