Rockers revive the 1990s
IT’S impossible for any Australian of a certain vintage to imagine those late 1990s summers without those delirious early Jebediah singles — Jerks of Attention, Leaving Home, Teflon, Harpoon, Animal — blasting out of every car radio and festival PA from Summersault to the Falls to Homebake.
When we first saw Jebediah they shambled on stage in their shorts and sneakers and blue hair and dimples and grins and smirks and started bouncing off the walls with their roaring riffs and soaring pop hooks and tore the lid off the Big Day Out and the Hottest 100 overnight.
Kevin Mitchell, Chris Daymond, Vanessa Thornton and Brett Mitchell were mostly teenagers when they set out: brothers and best mates from some far-flung Perth high school who'd accidentally stumbled into the first division of the global rock’n’roll perpetual and given it a cheeky kick up the backside while running rings around it with guitars in the air.
Twenty years later, of course nothing much has changed.
On Sunday night dig out the double denim, midriffs, scrunches and backwards cap – channel your long-lost grunge, tie that flannie around your waist and check out Jebediah playing live at Magnums.
This weekend’s show is part of an anniversary tour launching their greatest hits album Twenty.
It’s a compilation – 20 tracks spanning five albums from the vintage Twitch EP to their most recent single, She’s Like A Comet.
This is the biggest tour the band has undertaken in many years and a game of two halves: beloved classics and surprises first then their ’97 debut Slightly Odway in its blissful, ballistic entirety.
Lead guitarist Chris Day- mond said this could very well be their first time performing in Airlie Beach.
“The main reason that people have come is to have a good time, either you like us or don’t. This show is giving more than we have ever before… it’s a trip back to the ‘90s,” he said.
“We’re a little older and a little heavier but still the same band.”
Tickets are going for $30 if purchased in advanced.
ANNIVERSARY TOUR: Jebediah will play at Magnums on Sunday to celebrate their greatest hits album Twenty.