Q&A Scene: Joe, Grinspoon

Tell us about your latest single/album/ tour. 
We’ll be hitting the road in October to bring our fans a set of the favourites as well as some some more obscure tracks that we haven’t played in a while.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)
I think New Detention for us was a pretty strong overall release, as far as other people stuff I’ve been loving Violent Soho, The Bronx and Private Function.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
Some would say it’s meat and potatoes rock n roll but I think it’s more like Mexican food – kinda good for you, kinda bad for you, but always tasty! 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote:
We did our last record Black Rabbits in LA – at one stage Phil got Tim Rogers, Chris Cheney and Scott Russo from Unwritten Law in the studio doing back ups and just hanging out. Fair to say no one was holding back and a pretty good time was being had, but as none of them were in a state to drive I ended up chauffeuring the gang round LA from bar to bar- needless to say what happens in LA stays in LA. :)

What, or who, inspires you?
Other bands- when we first started bands we desperately wanted to emulate bands like Regurgitation, Tumbleweed and Silverchair. These days bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and International Noise Conspiracy get me going.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
So many great songs but I’ll say The Queens No One Knows, as it beat Chemical Heart out by a handful of votes to win triple j’s Hottest 100!

What’s next for you?
We’re focused on the upcoming tour but have also been working on new material so hopefully we can put something fresh out in the near future.

What’s your scene?
A quiet corner in a dingy pub having a few beers with friends will do me just fine! 

About Grinspoon

Legendary Aussie rockers Grinspoon have 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.”

And if the 2017 20th Anniversary Guide To Better Living tour is anything to go by, tickets will disappear fast. 

Tickets go on sale on Friday June 7 at 10.00AM, with the exclusive Telstra presale running from 9.00AM Wednesday June 5 until 9.00AM Friday June 7.

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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