POZ BandsOnBands: Diamond Youth On Silverchair
Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with Justin Gilman of Diamond Youth. The band just released a new EP called Orange, so make sure to download it here
In this week’s feature, Justin discusses his love for Silverchair and how he was completely overtaken by their music in his youth. Justin’s true inspiration from Silverchair comes from their ability as a band to progress and not stay still in one sound, which is unthinkable for some bands. Listen to songs by Silverchair here and check out what Justin had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Justin Gilman:
When I was in the 5th grade I just wanted to be Silverchair. I was completely obsessed with their music, but also how dirty their hair was and how torn their jeans were. They were basically as cool as it got. They were the reason my brother and I started our first band. We had grown up loving the idea of being in a rock band, but we had never actually formed a group or wrote songs yet. Silverchair was our motivation. Of course, bands like Nirvana played a role too, but Silverchair was closer to our age. I think they were 15 years old when they released “Frog Stomp”.
So, when the middle school talent show came around, we formed our band “Prometheus” with 2 friends. I played bass and my brother played drums, because we had them in our house. The bass was a pure white Kramer Explorer – three times larger than I was. I looked like a toddler playing that thing. Our singer on the other hand, totally had a Daniel Johns thing going on and the girls loved it. Greasy long blonde hair, awkwardly parted in the middle, with the baggiest ripped up Jnco jeans.
We played an original song, then covered “Freak” by Silverchair. The crazy part was that the kids went absolutely insane when we played. The girls were literally screaming their faces off the entire time we played. I guess there weren’t a lot of bands in our middle school talent shows in rural Carroll County Maryland…
The other reason I owe so much to Silverchair is that they proved that it’s cool to evolve as a band. Each record of theirs was very different from the last. Their most recent record “Young Modern”, could be my favorite. It shows some pretty odd (but awesome) songwriting decisions. This gave me an open mind when it came to songwriting, but I really don’t think there is any other way of doing it. If you stop evolving, you’ll just die anyway. So thank you Silverchair – you are the reason I am alive today.
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