The end for Silverchair?By Kathy McCabeMarch 05, 2004THE future of Silverchair is uncertain, with frontman Daniel Johns about to launch his new band, The Dissociatives, with long-time collaborator Paul Mac.End of an era? Johns is concentrating on his new project with Paul Mac Johns and Mac release their debut single, Somewhere Down The Barrel, on Monday and the song is expected to debut in the Top 10. It is already one of the most played tracks on Australian radio and should set up the album for a No. 1 debut in April. Johns and Mac will also announce a June national tour with at least three other musicians joining them. "My biggest fear is people will see it (The Dissociatives) as a side project," Johns said from his London home yesterday. "It's so not a side project – it's a new band."The last thing I want people to do is say, 'Well, this is all well and good, but when's the next Silverchair album?' It might not happen. "The Dissociatives is mine and Paul's main focus, this is our band and our baby. Hopefully we will do more and more of this because it has been a joy." Mac and Johns first met in 1997 when the pop producer and artist remixed Silverchair's Freak. They have become good friends and continued working together, with Mac playing piano on the band's last two albums, Neon Ballroom and Diorama, and they also recorded an experimental EP called I Can't Believe It's Not Rock in 2000. Mac said they recorded the album in two weeks at the London home of Johns and his wife, Natalie Imbruglia. "We put a piano in the basement and just jammed for two weeks – that's all the time we had," he said. "One of the songs was done a couple of years ago when I was helping Daniel with the demos for Diorama." The new sound has been complemented by a video featuring them as animated Thunderbirds-style characters in a spaceship. "There is a sense of humour in the songs – the same bent sense of humour we share – and I think that's why the video works. We're not trying to be cool," Mac said. "I laugh every time I see it and I've seen it about 20 times now."
Daniel, you're not the same boy we've always known. </br>I am about to get The Dissociatives' debut single but I had the opportunity to listen to the bsides from this single, and I must to say....Fuck.. It's not as good as I expected. I really love "Somewhere Down The Barrel" song itself and its too fucking catchy but the other songs.....oh my gosh...it's terrible for all those who loves the real guitar, bass, drums sounds in a song.....