Silverchair Reconvening For Shows, Recording

Australian rock act Silverchair is returning to active duty after a three-year break. The plan calls for road-testing some new material in Australia early next year.

Australian rock act Silverchair is returning to active duty after a three-year break. The band, which broke through in 1994 with the album "Frogstomp" while its members were still teenagers, is rehearsing in the New South Wales countryside.

The plan calls for road-testing some new material in Australia early next year (including a March 24 in Adelaide as part of the Clipsal 500 car race), with tentative plans for Silverchair to hit the studio in May.

Over the years, the band has been plagued with health problems. Singer/guitarist Daniel Johns first suffered depression and bulimia. In 2002, touring plans behind the band's ambitious, critically acclaimed album "Diorama" were curtailed when Johns developed a virus that left him unable to lift his guitar.

Following the 2003 Across the Night Tour in Australia, the band took an extended break and worked on other projects. One of these was the Dissociatives, Johns' collaboration with Sydney producer Paul Mac, whose self-titled album was a top 10 hit on the continent.

Silverchair, which also features bassist Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies, reunited briefly in February for the Waveaid tsunami benefit concert in Sydney. "Waveaid was an amazing experience and it was really the catalyst that made us all want to start making music together again," says Johns. "We're totally enjoying playing together at the moment. We're looking forward to eventually doing some gigs to try out the new songs and to then hopefully making a new album."