Favourites return home
FACEBOOK and faxed messages are a couple of changes Jebediah have seen in their 20-year history but what hasn’t changed is their friendship and desire to have fun every time they hit the stage.
“What is apparent to me personally is how much the world has changed in 20 years around Jebediah,” lead guitarist Chris Daymond said.
“If you look at what we do, it remains fairly insulated from being affected by outside influences.
“The fact we haven’t got a political agenda or that kind of thing, it means it is still what it was.
“We get to be quite selfish in that we dictate whether what we do changes and we don’t necessarily want to **** that up.”
“We’ve got a Facebook page though,” bassist Vanessa Thornton said.
Spending the day in hometown Perth promoting their 20-year anniversary tour and release of a celebration album, Daymond and Thornton laughed when asked what it was like to celebrate “quite a milestone”. “We feel lucky I guess,” Daymond said. “I mean it’s as lucky as we felt celebrating a 19year anniversary.”
“I reckon it’s about as lucky as we felt when we got to play our first gig,” Thornton said.
“The sentiment is shared with a humbling gratitude – the fact that we get to do this,” Daymond said.
“We get to go out on the road and play shows and connect with the people that are really making it happen.”
Fellow band members and brothers Kevin and Brett Mitchell will return home later this month to close out the anniversary tour with three shows at the Astor Theatre, two of which have already sold out.
“I don’t think we’ve ever sold out this many shows,” Thornton said, with shows also sold out in NSW and Victoria.
“It’s unexpected to tell the truth,” Daymond said.
“It’s equal parts getting your ego massively massaged and being really thankful and humble that this response has occurred.”
With two 45-minute sets, Thornton said Jebediah fans could expect “a very tired band by the end of the night”.
The first set will consist of beloved classics and surprises followed by their 1997 debut album Slightly Odway played in its entirety.
Jebediah’s celebration compilation album Twenty was released on May 29.
Jebediah are back on stage.