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OTRC: Silverchair calls it quits? Group enters 'indefinite hibernation'

Daniel Johns appears in the Silverchair music video 'Freak' in 1997. / Daniel Johns appears with Silverchair in concert in a photo posted on the band's Facebook page on May 5, 2010. (Murmur Records / facebook.com/silverchair)

Silverchair, an Australian alternative rock band most popular in the 1990s for songs such as "Freak" and "Abuse Me," appears to have broken up.

"We formed Silverchair nearly 20 years ago when we were just 12 years old. Today we stand by the same rules now as we did back then ... if the band stops being fun and if it's no longer fulfilling creatively, then we need to stop," the group said in a recent statement on its website.

"Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into 'indefinite hibernation' and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future."

Silverchair was made up of frontman and guitarist Daniel Johns, bass player Chris Joannou and drummer Ben Gillies. Their debut album, the 1995 record "Frogstomp," sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Their 1997 single "Freak" was featured in the cult MTV animated series "Daria." Both the song and the group's single "Abuse Me" ranked high on U.S. music charts.

Silverchair last released new music in 2008, with the single "Mind Reader," which is featured on its fifth studio album, "Young Modern," but its band members have performed together in recent years. They began work on a new record in 2009 but said in their statement that it later "became clear to us that we were moving in different directions."

"Despite our best efforts over the last year or so, it's become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn't there between the three of us at the moment," the group said in its statement. "As a result we've decided to put the band into 'a deep sleep' while we all do other things that we find more inspiring right now. This means that Silverchair won't be making music together or playing shows any time soon. It also means that the three of us won't be working together unless and until it feels right again."

Johns and Gillies are currently recording their own music projects and Joannou is a silent partner in a boutique beer company and also works for his charity Nathan's Bequest, which raises funds to battle youth depression, the Australian newspaper The Telegraph said.

Check out the music video for Silverchair's song "Freak" below, courtesy of MTV.

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