It has taken awhile for me to be comfortable enough to admit this: I like musicals. And not just ones written by South Park creators.
There's something about musicals that speaks to me. That could be in part because songs from musicals speak everything they are thinking or doing or feeling. There's no mystery in musicals. A good musical number is able to expose a deep part of the human condition - or sometimes they’re just silly stupid fun, I'm not embarrassed to admit that I like that, okay?
That brings us to 2002: I was 15 and still trying to find myself and lose my baby fat. If I remember correctly it was late winter, my Dad brought me to the Best Buy on Airport road in Toledo, Ohio. I had gone right after school to pick up the latest album from Silverchair called Diorama.
In the parking lot of that Best Buy my Dad let me put the CD on the car stereo, he let it play for about 7 seconds before changing his mind and hitting eject. Seriously. Seven seconds. Honestly, I can't blame him, at first listen it's a lot to wrap your ears around. It's a lot to take in, especially if you have known Silverchair since their days as 14 year old prodigies. I get where people have a hang up about the newer and weirder Silverchair, it’s an unexpected turn for these grunge kids to morph into all out musical whimsy.
Bu it is this progress that has made, in my humble opinion, Silverchair one of the most underrated/under appreciated bands in recent years. Diorama, and more specifically "Across The Night", shows that they aren't afraid to break away from what's expected of them.
On this week's episode of Tell Me Something I Want To Hear I thought we would take a real hard listen to “Across The Night”, not just for the love of musicals but because I deeply believe that Silverchair is a band that demands your attention. Plotting their growth over the years is something that I find really remarkable. You should too. -Dylan