Aussie Rockers Grinspoon Are Back With Epic Tour: INTERVIEW


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Legendary Aussie rockers Grinspoon have today announced their epic Chemical Hearts national tour, set to make its way around the country in October and November, supported by The Hard Aches, Gooch Palms and Bugs.  In celebration of the tour, the band will be releasing a Chemical Hearts vinyl record on the day the tour kicks off (October 11) with a tracklist that will offer fans a nostalgic taste of what’s to come at the shows.

 

In 1997, the youthful Grinspoon uploaded the track Sickfest to triple j Unearthed, not knowing the life-changing success that was to come.  With Sickfest, Grinspoon won Unearthed’s national band comp in its first year – and for the next two months the track was the stations’ most request song.  What followed was an illustrious career, with seven albums, Top Ten ARIA chart spots, ARIA Awards, 13 ARIA nominations, more than 1,000 gigs, tens of thousands of frequent flyer miles, 7 appearances at the Big Day Out as well as slots at Homebake, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, an NRL Grand Final and a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne.  Despite these massive achievements, Grinspoon don’t have plans to wrap things up any time soon.

The Chemical Hearts tour will be packed with hits and audience faves from the band’s festival performances over the years, but will also pay homage to their discography after the record that thrust them into the spotlight, Guide To Better Living.  It will kick off in Fremantle on October 11 at Metropolis, then move through Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Gold Coast, and wrap up in Brisbane on November 8 at The Fortitude Music Hall. 

The accompanying vinyl record, Chemical Hearts, will contain some of the band’s favourite singles and a taste of the setlist from the tour.

It is with great delight that we announce a cute little sojourn around the country with Grinspoon visiting (hopefully) all of you!  We are going to be doing a little thing called Chemical Hearts.  The tour comes with the crazy new vinyl record which features (arguably) some of our favourites on wax,” says lead vocalist Phil Jamieson. “Joining us are absolute legends of the game The Hard Aches, Gooch Palms and Bugs.  These concerts will have a very exciting atmos  due to the individual scintillating performances by these amazing acts.  We’re super excited to be doing this tour.  We don’t get out much anymore and our last one focused primarily on our first record and this one will take a more broad approach to the little nuggets of songs that came between 1995 and 2013.  Sooooooo…. long story short.  TOUR – CHEMICAL HEARTS – OCTOBER / NOVEMBER ~ ripper time.  Ripper bands.  Great times.  Classic hits.”

 

INTERVIEW –

 

MT/Tracey: Hey hey hey guys, nice to cyber meet you! A band from a time I remember well; How long has it been since you’ve been on the road? 

GrinSpoon: Nice to meet you too!

We were last on the road doing the ‘Grooving the Moo’ tour in 2018.

 

MT/Tracey: For those who don’t know, you have been an iconic Aussie super band way back from the 90’s, with many successful albums, 25 top selling singles and numerous awards. How does it feel from being a band who saw major success from the day’s before streaming and social media to a whole new world of music in relation to how artists and bands now promote and market themselves through and on the internet? 

GrinSpoon: We were caught in the transition period from selling music on CD to streaming… not too much has changed in the way we deliver our music, however the income streams for bands went from record sales to mainly live performance and merchandising these days. A good song is still a good song and nothing will ever change that!

 

MT/Tracey: Most people would think that when they hear of a band coming from a small country town such as Lismore, that they would assume you all met at school, but this wasn’t the case. Can you tell us where you met and do you remember what the conversion was at that time after a few schooners, (I’m guessing)? 

GrinSpoon: The story went a little like this from memory…

Phil & I we’re playing in a band in Port Macquarie NSW called ‘CrabApple’. We decided to move the band up to Lismore (Lismore had a good music university & thriving music scene at the time). My dad was the Drum lecture at the Uni and also played in a band called ‘Goodfoot’ with Pat & Joe. The short version is we broke up the 2 bands to form Grinspoon.

 

MT/Tracey: Did you ever dream that Grinspoon would become as big as it is? 

GrinSpoon: It would be a lie to say we didn’t have big dreams for the band as all young bands should, but I think I can speak for all of us to say that there’s no way we thought that we’d be still doing GrinSpooN 20 plus years down the track.

 

MT/Tracey: As a band, is there one person who is the leader, (so to speak) or do you work and write together tossing ideas around? How do you stay focused as a band and to avoid common band disagreements in all facets, including writing, recording and making the decisions?  

GrinSpoon: Yeh there is.. Joe is the main leader but we all contribute to the writing and recording processes. We usually take a mediator/life guru (Yogi Donnan) on the road with us and have weekly counseling sessions to avoid any conflict and resolve any contentious decisions.

 

MT/Tracey: After you announced you were going in hiatus in 2013, what did you all get up to in your individual lives during this period?  

GrinSpoon: Phil continued touring solo. Joe went into the production side of music festivals. Pat opened a shop and a recording studio & I had a few mostly legal side hustles.

 

MT/Tracey: Do you collectively have a favourite album? If so, can you tell us why it’s your favourite?

GrinSpoon: For me it’s ‘Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills’…  it was great recording that one and was a really fun period for the band. We recorded it in LA and had some very memorable times 

 

MT/Tracey: I love where the name ‘Grinspoon’ came from. Can you tell our fans where you found the name?  

We got the name from Dr GrinSpooN from UCLA (he’s now Professor GrinSpooN). He wrote ‘Marijuana Reconsidered’ amongst a lot other things… We sent him a few of our albums and had some funny correspondence with him… his niece attended one of our shows in LA a while back.

 

MT/Tracey: For upcoming bands, can you tell us what the secret is of keeping a band together for so long? 

GrinSpoon: The secret to keeping a band together for this long is to treat it like a polygamist marriage… you need to spread the love equally and respect your multiple partners😎

 

MT/Tracey: There have been recent talk of rock and metal music dying, what are your thoughts on this?

GrinSpoon: Rock music is one of the best legal outlets there is…. Rock will always survive!

MT/Tracey: What else do you get up to when you’re not writing, singing and performing or hanging out at pubs? (pubs are half a joke btw)

GrinSpoon: We all have families these days so that keeps us all pretty busy outside of the band.

 

MT/Tracey: You have worked with other well-known musicians such as Chris Cheney from The Living End, Tim Rodgers and Josh Pyke. How does this work in terms of  including others in a well-recognized and formed band; what was the decision behind including special guests to record on an album with Grinspoon? 

GrinSpoon: It’s pretty cool to have people drop by when we’re recording and if there’s a song that suits it’s great to have a guest on it.

 

MT/Tracey: Any plans on new music? When can we expect a new album or EP?

GrinSpoon: We’re currently demoing some songs so fingers crossed we’ll put something out in the near future 

MT/Tracey: Since you announced your upcoming ‘Chemical Hearts’ tour, we’ve noticed it’s been sold out and more shows announced. When you initially put together a tour, is there an any kind of expectation of how they will go in terms of how the tour will sell? 

GrinSpoon: It’s always a great feeling to play to a packed room and we always hope to sell out shows.. massive thanks to our loyal fans for the continued love and support for the band… 

 

MT/Tracey: You are about to embark on your next big Australian ‘Chemical Hearts’ tour, what can fans expect? 

GrinSpoon: We’ll be playing all the songs we put together for the Chemical Hearts vinyl we’re releasing for the tour. We have some fun live tricks for the show and are taking some cool new bands – Bugs, The Gooch Palms & The Hard Aches – with us.

 

Pre-Order Vinyl: https://www.officialstores.com.au/au_en/chemical-hearts-vinyl.html

The Chemical Hearts vinyl record will be available October 11.

Grinspoon is Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums.

 

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GRINSPOON ‘CHEMICAL HEARTS’ NATIONAL TOUR

 

FRI 11 OCT | METROPOLIS, FREMANTLE WA | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

SAT 12 OCT | METRO CITY, PERTH WA | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

WED 16 OCT | THE FORUM, MELBOURNE VIC  | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

FRI 18 OCT | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA ACT | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

WED 23 OCT | ODEON THEATRE, HOBART TAS | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

SAT 26 OCT | ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA | AA

Tickets available from  http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

THURS 31 OCT | WAVES, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

FRI 1 NOV | ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, NEWCASTLE NSW | AA

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

SAT 2 NOV | HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY NSW | AA

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

THURS 7 NOV | THE STAR BROADBEACH, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

FRI 8 NOV | THE FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE QLD | 18+

Tickets available from http://www.grinspoon.com.au/

 

 

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