The Artist: Silverchair
The Song: "Straight Lines"
Where you heard it first: I first heard this song way back in 2007 when SIlverchair released their final album together entitled Young Modern. Let's start from the beginning, before The Maine was even jamming in their garage in Tempe, Arizona, my first music love was Australian band Silverchair. Yes, they sound extremely different from The Maine, but when I first heard their first album Frogstomp at the age of 12, I didn't think music could get much cooler than what I was hearing. Ever since then, Silverchair has always held my heart as my favorite band. The boys of Silverchair, Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies, and Chris Joannou, were my first musical crushes and to this day, I love Daniel Johns more than words. Each of their albums, Frogstomp (1995), Freak Show (1997), Neon Ballroom (1999), Diorama (2002), and Young Modern (2007) has a distinctly different sound, but somehow, they all sound cohesive and amazing in their own ways.
Why it’s been stuck in your head: "Straight Lines" came on my iPod this morning while I was driving to work and it made me remember how much I love this band. I quickly switched to listen to the entire collection of Silverchair music I have and have been listening to it all day. Yes, I may be a bit young to be appreciating a band that gained popularity in 1996, but I don't really care. Even at their very last U.S. show in Los Angeles in 2007, I was by far the youngest person there at 20 years old. "Straight Lines" and the rest of the songs off their final album are much more pop-related than their other albums and it's easier for these songs to get stuck in your head even if you've never heard Silverchair's music before.
Why you recommend it to our listeners: I am a firm believer in trying out all different musical genres in order to come to a conclusion about what you like and what you don't like and so I dare you all to take a listen and see if you like Silverchair. Maybe you don't, and that's okay, but all of us should take the opportunity to broaden our horizons and discover new music as often as possible. And so I give you "Straight Lines", one of the last songs from my favorite band in the world.
-- Kelly Lee