Bringing back the ‘venom’
Grinspoon ‘soccer dads’ make a comeback to their ‘rock star’ status
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.