Ben Gillies unveils Bento!

These are and this is DIAMOND DAYS, the sparkling debut album by Bento - the new musical creation from Ben Gillies, drummer and co-founder of Silverchair.

DIAMOND DAYS is twelve new bristling and glistening rock & roll songs, with Ben up front, singing his heart out, singing his own songs, and opening up like you've never heard him before.

"It's an album of self-discovery, of finding myself," says Ben. "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."

Adds the former APRA Songwriter of the Year: "Being part of something as awesome and mammoth as Silverchair required so much of myself and at times there was very little energy left for other things. Now I feel as if I'm freed up and can satisfy my own creative output and get about doing what makes sense for me at this point. It's been a while in the making and I'm excited to finally share it."

Honest, uncluttered, open-hearted, Bento is Ben's baby, but it sounds like a full band that has been playing together forever. Pulled together from a thousand ideas Ben has collected over the years, there's a distinctive sheen to the twelve tracks that make up DIAMOND DAYS, a unique cohesiveness and melodious energy.

Prepare yourself - Bento 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.

The immediacy of the lead track, the title track Diamond Days, will give you a fair indication of what Bento is all about. But there are a dozen different moods and views present on the album.

Co-produced by Ben Gillies and Eric J Dubowsky (Faker, Art Vs. Science), and featuring an array of Ben's muso mates throughout, including Papa Vs Pretty's gifted frontman and guitarist Thomas Rawle as a lead player, this is Bento, and this is ... these are ... DIAMOND DAYS. Enjoy!

The first single from the album, Diamond Days, goes to radio on Monday, 17 September and will be available to purchase (from all good online retailers/iTunes) on the same day.

The Diamond Days album is scheduled for release on Friday, 26 October, 2012.