"Frogstomp" (Epic Records; 1995)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Silverchair are residents of the land down under. By winning a demo contest they were able to get their music past the brush that held them in and, at the age of fifteen, they released “Frogstomp” and took the grunge world by a surprise storm. Although they sound like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, they do so formidably. Just because they were labeled “Australian teenagers” by the music media, they really wrote with Bush and Stone Temple Pilots in mind.

The grunge element is here, for those who crave that sound. The guitar is heavy and the vocals don’t sound like any fifteen year old I have ever heard. With a sound that mirrors twenty-something cadets, Silverchair pound away and produce music beyond their years.

The first track, "Slave," starts out with a bad little riff and the CD remains consistent throughout the rest of the disc. “Tomorrow” was probably the first track that put them on the list of bands to check out.

The best cuts are “Tomorrow,” and “Pure Massacre.”

Silverhcair: Daniel Johns – guitar and vocals; Chris Joannou – bass; Ben Gillies – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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