Bento vox: Silverchair drummer launches new project

What was the last thing the drummer said to his band? Can we try one of my songs. (Boom tish!)

Three years since Silverchair called it quits we finally have the closest thing to an explanation for the band’s unexpected demise: Bento, a new music project from former drummer Ben Gillies. Bento sees Gillies step out from behind the muscular shadow of Daniel Johns as lead singer and songwriter for his very own group.

Gillies says of the project: “It’s an album of self-discovery, of finding myself. I’ve always written songs and over the years I’ve kept a log of every idea. It’s exciting to finally see some of these ideas fully realised.” In other words, he can finally record all the music his bandmates presumably told him sucked (see drummer joke above).

If you were hoping to hear some of the Newcastle’s trio’s unreleased sixth album, described in its development stage as “Daft Punk fucking Optimus Prime”, then you will be disappointed. According to the band their music sounds “nothing like Silverchair” and “if you happened to have heard Ben’s short-lived Tambalane project from a few years back, well, Bento sounds absolutely nothing like that either.”

Gillies has revealed the band’s first single ‘Diamond Days’ alongside a video, in which the drummer channels Michael Hutchence and “does frontman” as best he can – dropping to knees and grabbing his face in “really feeling it” contortions. The Bento album, also titled Diamond Days, was co-produced by Ben Gillies and Eric J Dubowsky (Faker, Art Vs. Science) and features “an array of Ben’s muso mates” including Papa Vs Pretty’s frontman Thomas Rawle. The single is due out on Monday, September 17 with the album set to follow on Friday, October 26.