Bring­ing back the ‘venom’

Grin­spoon ‘soc­cer dads’ make a come­back to their ‘rock star’ sta­tus

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Kathy McCabe

AF­TER a four-year hia­tus to do ‘adult’ stuff, Grin­spoon are get­ting back to­gether.

Once the en­fants ter­ri­ble of any back­stage dur­ing the golden years of Aus­tralia’s al­ter­na­tive rock scene, the four mu­si­cians have spent re­cent years 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 Green Day’s 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 Bun­ga­low 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.

Drum­mer Kris­tian Hopes started a com­mer­cial handy­man busi­ness in Bris­bane.

“I’ve got a cou­ple of kids too so I’ve been tak­ing them to school and pick­ing them up. No mu­sic, the only mu­sic I’ll ever do is this band,” he said.

Grin­spoon, 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 got on to the Aussie rock scene with their in­cen­di­ary post-punk shows.

Their mosh pits were fe­ro­cious and the band was 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 and Sick­fest.

Jamieson said he would like to rise to the chal­lenge

of re­cap­tur­ing the ‘venom’ of their early days on the na­tional tour to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary.

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