4th December 2013 GRINSPOON announced an indefinite hiatus.
Australia’s favourite rock band announce hiatus before their final show for 2013
Seven albums, 13 ARIA nominations, over half a million records sold and a back catalogue that’s etched into Aussie rock history. They’re one of our best-loved and most enduring bands – Grinspoon.
With well over 1,000 shows, six consecutive Top 10 album debuts and multi-platinum sales across an amazing 18 year career, it’s fair to say Grinspoon have earned time off. And so the band wish to announce that they’re taking a long-term, indefinite break – founding members Phil Jamieson, Pat Davern, Joe Hansen and Kristian Hopes going on hiatus to pursue individual projects for the forseeable future.
“Thanks to all our families, friends, and especially our fans for the support over the last 18 years – it's been a wild ride to say the least. We are still a band of brothers but it's time for us to take a break and recharge the batteries. We’re excited to see what our future holds so keep your eyes out… you never know where we might pop up next. Until then adios amigos, it’s been a blast!” reads a statement from the band.
Grinspoon’s line-up has never wavered. While their future is uncertain, their past is remarkable. When 17-year-old Jamieson relocated with Hopes to Lismore back in 1995, Hansen and Davern were kicking about in local Lismore bands. Pinching their moniker from a medical marijuana touting Harvard professor, the adrenaline-charged Grinspoon was born.
Three weeks in, the new band cut a two-song demo in just three hours. Grinspoon entered “Sickfest” in triple j’s first national Unearthed comp – and won. For seven weeks it was the J’s most requested song, and not long after a brand new festival called Homebake asked them to play.
Grinspoon soon signed to Universal Music Australia and delivered an Aussie classic with their unforgettable debut album, Sept 1997’s Guide to Better Living. The double-platinum disc hit #11 on the ARIA Albums charts, spawning classics like “DC×3”, “Just Ace”, and “Champion”.
Second LP Easy (Sept 1999) was another bulls-eye, debuting at #4 and going double-platinum. June 2002’s New Detention marked a new direction, with their first ballad in “Chemical Heart” (#2 in 2003’s Hottest 100). The LP earned four ARIA noms, another double-platinum win.
Sept 2004 saw Thrills, Kills & Sunday Pills – awarded Best Rock Album at the 2005 ARIAs, and 100,000+ copies sold, thanks to songs like “Better Off Alone” and “Hard Act To Follow”. July 2007’s Alibis & Other Lies was recorded with Ramesh Sathiah (who laid down their very first EP), while Sept 2009’s Six to Midnight was released on the band’s own imprint, Chk Chk Boom Records (distributed by Universal) and peaking at #6.
Meanwhile, compilation Grinspoon: Best In Show reached platinum sales, while DVDs 23 Hours Of Waiting Around and 66.6 went gold.
Which brings us up to date and album number seven – 2012’s Black Rabbits, their best work yet. Featuring guest musicians such as Chris Cheney (The Living End) and Tim Rogers (You Am I), the 12 track disc is the result of Jamieson and Davern wanting to write “lighter, more melodic” material – big choruses and melodies.” Songs like first taste “Passerby” (Top 5 most-played on Triple M) were laid down in LA with producer Dave Schiffman (Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Bronx).
Festivals Grinspoon have played at multiple times include the Big Day Out, Homebake, Splendour and many more – plus there’s the countless trips to the US, UK and beyond. They even performed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne, complete with a stunt guitarist of course!
Grinspoon’s final show will take place on Friday 20 December at Eaton Hills Hotel in Brisbane, QLD. “We didn’t plan it this way, but it made sense to end this chapter of our careers after our last show for 2013. We didn’t want to get up on stage for the final time for now and not be able to share our news with our fans.” In true Grinspoon form, the gig sold out in no time and was a massive send off!
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