The Dissociatives

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The Dissociatives
Origin Australia
Genres Alternative rock, electronic
Years active 1997–2005 (hiatus)
Associated acts Silverchair
The Presets
Website Official website
Members Daniel Johns
Paul Mac
Touring members:
Julian Hamilton
James Haselwood
Kim Moyes

The Dissociatives are an Australian band consisting of Daniel Johns of Silverchair, Australian dance producer DJ Paul Mac, and touring members Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes from Sydney electronic duo "The Presets". Their first single "Somewhere Down the Barrel" entered the Australian Top 40 charts on debut on 15 March 2004, reached #25 that week,[1] and was one of the five most played tracks on Australian radio in March. The debut album The Dissociatives was released on 4 April 2004.

I Can't Believe It's Not Rock[edit]

Daniel Johns and Paul Mac met in 1997 when Paul Mac remixed "Freak" from Silverchair's Freak Show album. The two became friends and Paul Mac worked on the subsequent Silverchair albums Neon Ballroom, Diorama, and Young Modern. The two worked on the experimental I Can't Believe It's Not Rock EP released in 2000.

The making of The Dissociatives album[edit]

In mid-2003, Daniel Johns and Paul Mac got together to produce the album, recording the basic tracks in London, and finishing it off in Sydney and Newcastle. The pair produced all the instrumental tracks and vocals themselves with Johns writing the lyrics and recording them in Newcastle.

The pair described the music and lyrics in the April 2004 Australian edition of Rolling Stone. "The music is, for me, a combination of excitement, happiness, rambunctiousness and viciousness, done to whimsy," Johns said. "I'd add with a hint of melancholy, but it's more outweighed by joy," added Mac.

The pair, in an interview on Rove Live in 2004, said that the musical journey of The Dissociatives is "definitely not a side project" and that they plan to release more interesting and groundbreaking music in the future under this guise. However, the band have been on hiatus since 2005 due to work with other projects (Silverchair, The Presets, and more recently Johns' solo work), and have not publicly stated plans for future albums or performances.

Discography and appearances[edit]

Studio albums[edit]



  • "Somewhere Down the Barrel" (2004) - #25 Australia
  • "Young Man, Old Man (You Ain't Better Than the Rest)" (2004) - #46 Australia
  • "Horror with Eyeballs" (2004) - #59 Australia


  • Sydney Circa 2004slash08 (2004)

Other Appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]



  • 2004 ARIA Awards, Album of the Year for The Dissociatives
  • 2004 ARIA Awards, Best Group for The Dissociatives
  • 2004 ARIA Awards, Best Pop Release for The Dissociatives
  • 2004 ARIA Awards, Producer of the Year for The Dissociatives
  • 2005 ARIA Awards, Best Music DVD for Sydney Circa 2004slash08

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