Silverchair Storms Back With Australian No. 1

Silverchair's first single in four years, "Straight Lines," bowed at No. 1 on the the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 this week, published yesterday (March 19).

Silverchair's first single in four years, "Straight Lines," bowed at No. 1 on the the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Top 100 this week, published yesterday (March 19). The track also tops the ARIA digital chart for a fourth week.

With "Straight Lines," Silverchair becomes the third Australian act (following the Easybeats and the Seekers) to score three No. 1 singles, according to chart historian Gavin Ryan. Releasing the track digitally three weeks before the CD version "reinforced radio and retail confidence in the song," Watson says. The band this week also announced its first indoor concerts in Australia in nearly four years.

Silverchair is signed to its manager John Watson's Eleven the Music label, and distributed by Virgin/EMI Music in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Watson says the band's new album, "Young Modern" will be released internationally in July; it arrives March 31 locally.

The band will base itself in the northern hemisphere from mid-May, do pre-release showcases in June and play major U.S. and European festivals through August.