Grinspoon announces 27-date national tour
AFTER a four-year hiatus to do "adult stuff", Grinspoon are getting back together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Guide To Better Living.
Once the enfant terribles of any backstage during the golden years of Australia's alternative rock scene, the four musicians have spent recent years starting families and being "soccer dads".
Frontman Phil Jamieson has maintained a musical presence since the band called time out in late 2013 with solo shows and his recent role in the Queensland production of the Green Day musical American Idiot.
"Being a dad, a few solo shows, just did the musical in Brisbane, built a house, picking tiles, turning 40, being an adult. It happens to everyone," he said.
Guitarist Pat Davern and his wife Katya opened The Finder's Club store near their Bangalow home and welcomed daughter Frankie.
He also formed another band Sons Of Jaguar with bassist Joe Hansen who has been involved behind-the-scenes in festival organisation.
"It's a lot easier being on stage and playing for an hour than setting all that s ... up for them two weeks beforehand," he said.
Drummer Kristian Hopes started a commercial handyman business in Brisbane.
"I've got a couple of kids too so been taking them to school and picking them up. No music, the only music I'll ever do is this band," he said.
Grinspoon, who formed during a pub jam in Lismore when Jamieson was still a teenager, were the first winners of Triple J's Unearthed competition and quickly insinuated themselves in the Australian rock scene with their incendiary post-punk shows.
Their moshpits were ferocious and the band were soon the subject of a record label bidding war before signing with a Universal to make Guide To Better Living.
That album achieved double platinum sales of more than 140,000 copies and generated a host of alternative hits including Just Ace, Champion, DCx3 and Sickfest.
Jamieson said he was confident the four men would rise to the challenge of recapturing the "venom" of their early days on the national tour to celebrate the anniversary.
They will perform the entire album of 16 songs - plus the secret, hidden track - which all come in at under 50 minutes.
"We were playing a lot of them twice back in the early days. 90 seconds felt long to me," Davern joked.
Their reunion has been enthusiastically welcomed by the band member's children who range in age from three to 19.
Hansen joked he will be keeping them away from their rider, particularly the alcohol and chips, while Hopes said his two young boys were excited about "all the free s ...".
"My boys are eight and six and they've been to a few gigs but it's great to be able to do it again for them," the drummer said.
"Phil held one of them to a crowd on the Gold Coast at a gig; he said it was the best time of his life."
The 20th anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living is released on June 23 with the band hitting the road on a 27-date national tour.
GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING NATIONAL TOUR DATES
FRI 23 JUN | KAY ST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, TRARALGON VIC | 18+
FRI 30 JUN | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE, VIC | LIC AA
SAT 1 JUL | VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL, MULGRAVE, VIC | 18+
FRI 7 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA
SAT 8 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+
SAT 29 JUL | ONE TROPICAL DAY @ DARWIN SKI CLUB, DARWIN, NT | LIC AA **
THU 3 AUG | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG, VIC | 18+
FRI 4 AUG | PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON, VIC | 18+
SAT 5 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+
THU 10 AUG | THE JACK, CAIRNS, QLD | 18+
FRI 11 AUG | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD | 18+
SAT 12 AUG | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD | 18+
THU 17 AUG | VILLA NOOSA, NOOSAVILLE, QLD | 18+
FRI 18 AUG | REDLAND BAY HOTEL, REDLAND BAY, QLD | 18+
SAT 19 AUG | SHAKA FEST - MIAMI TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+ **
THU 24 AUG | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH, WA | 18+
FRI 25 AUG | METRO CITY, PERTH, WA | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE, SA | AA
THU 31 AUG | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+
FRI 1 SEP | LISMORE CITY HALL , LISMORE, NSW | 18+
SAT 2 SEP | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH, QLD | 18+
THU 14 SEP | THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, BATEAU BAY, NSW | 18+
FRI 15 SEP | WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW | 18+
SAT 16 SEP | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
WED 20 SEP | CSU, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW | 18+
FRI 22 SEP | BEER DELUXE, ALBURY, NSW | 18+
SUN 24 SEP | BATEMANS BAY SOLDIERS CLUB, BATEMANS BAY, NSW | 18+