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Silverchair (Troubadour; 450 capacity; $ 12.50) Presented by Bill Silva Presents. Band: Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou, Ben Gillies. Reviewed Dec. 3, 1996. Australian teen band Silverchair performed a "secret" show Tuesday at the Troubadour under the alias George Costanza Trio and, much like Jason Alexander's "Seinfeld" character, revealed a self-important naivete that fell somewhere between endearing and irritating. Their second Epic album, "Freak Show," is finished and slated for February and the under-18 trio did display a heightened awareness of their instruments and of the art of showmanship, both aspects sorely missing from their 1995 appearances in L.A. But the music still is so derivative and blindingly unoriginal as to render the band little more than the Teen Beat idols they surely don't intend to be. Nonetheless, dreamboat singer-guitarist Daniel Johns' hair-twirling routine had the girls screaming throughout. As on their multiplatinum "Frogstomp" debut, the new songs played here "Slave," Nirvana ripoff "Lie To Me," "Cemetery" were little more than updates on familiar, late-model riff rockers that most young U.S. bands probably would be embarrassed to play outside of their garages. Troy J. Augusto

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Band: Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou, Ben Gillies. Reviewed Dec. 3, 1996.

Silverchair (Troubadour; 450 capacity; $ 12.50) Presented by Bill Silva Presents. Band: Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou, Ben Gillies. Reviewed Dec. 3, 1996. Australian teen band Silverchair performed a “secret” show Tuesday at the Troubadour under the alias George Costanza Trio and, much like Jason Alexander’s “Seinfeld” character, revealed a self-important naivete that fell somewhere between endearing and irritating. Their second Epic album, “Freak Show,” is finished and slated for February and the under-18 trio did display a heightened awareness of their instruments and of the art of showmanship, both aspects sorely missing from their 1995 appearances in L.A. But the music still is so derivative and blindingly unoriginal as to render the band little more than the Teen Beat idols they surely don’t intend to be. Nonetheless, dreamboat singer-guitarist Daniel Johns’ hair-twirling routine had the girls screaming throughout. As on their multiplatinum “Frogstomp” debut, the new songs played here “Slave,” Nirvana ripoff “Lie To Me,” “Cemetery” were little more than updates on familiar, late-model riff rockers that most young U.S. bands probably would be embarrassed to play outside of their garages. Troy J. Augusto

Silverchair

Troubadour; 450 capacity; $12.50

Production: Presented by Bill Silva Presents.

Cast: Band: Daniel Johns, Chris Joannou, Ben Gillies. Reviewed Dec. 3, 1996.

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