From green to Grin­spoon

Cockburn Gazette - - MUSIC -

EVER won­dered what a rock star gets up to when they are no longer con­stantly on the road?

Grin­spoon bassist Joe Hansen be­came a greenskeep­er when the band an­nounced in 2013 it would be go­ing on hia­tus af­ter 18 years.

“It was kind of weird ac­tu­ally,” the Syd­neysider said.

“At first it’s like ‘this is cool, I’ve got all this time off’ but then you start to think what am I go­ing to do long-term be­cause I’ve been in a band for 20 years and you can’t just sit around the house all day.

“I started do­ing a bit of work be­hind the scenes at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals and I also lived across the road from a bowl­ing club, so I be­came the as­sis­tant greenskeep­er for a few years. I’d get up at like 5.30 in the morn­ing in­stead of go­ing to bed at 5.30 in the morn­ing and I loved that for a while.

“I’m not a morn­ing per­son so I quit that af­ter a while, but it was re­ally fun and I learnt heaps of dif­fer­ent things.”

Thank­fully the hia­tus did not last, with the band get­ting back to­gether in 2017 to cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of its first full-length al­bum Guide To Bet­ter Liv­ing

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