Ben Gillies has released his irresistible new single "Dangerous Distractions" - the latest teaser from his upcoming EP, "the relative relatives EP". The Silverchair drummer and singer-songwriter has been working on his forthcoming body of music for the last few years, and "Dangerous Distractions" is a further consolidation of Gillies's unique sound, while also providing a hint of what's to come.
Of the track, Ben Gillies said, "Dangerous Distractions is not one mood but many, and all of them part of the same grand adventure." It opens with the fizz of discovery and attraction - the dangerous distractions - expressed through a subtle yet driving beat. This song portrays the push and pull of wanting and no wanting - of finding someone or something irresistible but wishing you didn't - through the bop and swirl of immediately catchy synth pop that make the listener feel what the singer is going through, so that we hesitate then dive in right alongside him.
The first single of Ben Gillies' passion project was "Breathe In, Breathe Out", an immediately memorable song that reminds us to pay attention to ourselves, to the people around us and to the world. The track showed the promise and accomplished new direction that manifested in follow-up singles "One Foot in Front of The Other," "Yesteryear" and now "Dangerous Distractions."
Gillies started learning to play drums at the age of eight, and quickly discovered a love of performing, becoming the drummer in the school band. He was still in primary school in Newcastle when he formed a band with a friend, and they initially performed rap songs.
That band would undergo several name changes, add a member and take on a distinctly different musical direction before it became Silverchair. Silverchair released five albums (all of which reached #1 on the Australian charts), and would go on to win 21 ARIA Awards, the most won by any artist. A dynamic and powerful live act from the start, Silverchair toured the world - and Australia - several times.