Favourites re­turn home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

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.

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