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Bento vox: Silverchair drummerlaunches new project

What was the last thing the drummer said to his band? Can we try one of my songs. (Boom tish!)

Three years since Silverchair called it quits we finally have the closest thing to an explanation for the band’s unexpected demise: Bento, a new music project from former drummer Ben Gillies. Bento sees Gillies step out from behind the muscular shadow of Daniel Johns as lead singer and songwriter for his very own group.

Gillies says of the project: “It’s an album of self-discovery, of finding myself. I’ve always written songs and over the years I’ve kept a log of every idea. It’s exciting to finally see some of these ideas fully realised.” In other words, he can finally record all the music his bandmates presumably told him sucked (see drummer joke above).

If you were hoping to hear some of the Newcastle’s trio’s unreleased sixth album, described in its development stage as “Daft Punk fucking Optimus Prime”, then you will be disappointed. According to the band their music sounds “nothing like Silverchair” and “if you happened to have heard Ben’s short-lived Tambalane project from a few years back, well, Bento sounds absolutely nothing like that either.”

Gillies has revealed the band’s first single ‘Diamond Days’ alongside a video, in which the drummer channels Michael Hutchence and “does frontman” as best he can – dropping to knees and grabbing his face in “really feeling it” contortions. The Bento album, also titled Diamond Days, was co-produced by Ben Gillies and Eric J Dubowsky (Faker, Art Vs. Science) and features “an array of Ben’s muso mates” including Papa Vs Pretty’s frontman Thomas Rawle. The single is due out on Monday, September 17 with the album set to follow on Friday, October 26.

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HEAD OF STATE said on the 11th Sep, 2012

If only Daniel was singing. Ben ain't bad, but it's a very Silverchair song, and if they played it together playing the instruments they traditionally play, this song would be the biggest song in Australia this year.


berlinchair101 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

Agreed. If only this song was totally different in every way.


Reino26 said on the 11th Sep, 2012

their fifth album was released, it was called young modern*
loving the journalism work here, well at least the stuff that was copied and pasted was correct (y)


Fenix said on the 12th Sep, 2012

He looks pretty awkward in this.


lepearl said on the 16th Nov, 2012

gillies is a people man, he lives off providing music and bouncing back ideas, influences and feedback from his fans. he is a whole world of talent and if only he continued and nurtured his song writing skills post daniel's lyric-writing take over freakshow-neon ballroom era. because, i do believe ben would be a world of fine poetry and experience, but that doesn't mean it has to end here for gillies. the chair fans love the guy and are behind his creative ventures 100% if "diamond days" won't do it for you, try poison ivy - very, very good.