On tour during April
(On Sale 21st of February, 9am)
They’re back. And it’s been a long time coming.
When the boys from Grinspoon assembled in a studio in February of 2006 to begin their fifth album, they did not anticipate 15 months of trials and tribulations. Yet, the reward from their most tumultuous gestation period is sweet: their superb new album Alibis and Other Lies.
Alibis is not only an emphatic return to form, it’s the most consistent and diverse record of the band’s career. While their last album from 2004 Thrills, Kills and Sunday Pills, had them in LA for the production sheen of US producer Howard Benson, Alibis sees Grinspoon returning to their roots, employing Ramesh Sathiah, the man who helmed their first EP back in 1995.
13 years ago, front man Phil Jamieson was just another 17 year old in his first year of university. He and drummer Kristian Hopes relocated from Port Macquarie to Lismore, on the north coast of NSW, in the hope of forming a band. It was here they discovered bassist Joe Hansen and guitarist Pat Davern whiling away their time in a cover band. “They were both bored out of their brains,” Jamieson recalls. “I was studying, Joe had finished his degree, Pat had dropped out, and Kristian was working.”
Remarkably, Grinspoon’s line-up has not changed since its conception. Davern says that in spite of the well-documented inner turmoil of the 12 months, Grinspoon’s future was never in doubt. “We obviously had our moments,” he says. “But we had a good look at what we were doing. We knew we would have to make some changes. But the band’s excited about our future, and that’s what keeps us going. We’ve had a few setbacks, but we’ve gotten over all of the bull shit."
Tour Dates as follows:
Atherton Merriland Hall
Cairns Brother's Leagues Club
Lake Kawana Community Centre
The Coolangatta Hotel