Phil JamiesonÂ â€“ frontman / singer / songwriter / guitarist forÂ GrinspoonÂ â€“ has today released his first ever solo albumÂ ‘Somebody Else’. The album is this week’sÂ Feature AlbumÂ onÂ Double J.
The release ofÂ ‘Somebody Else’ comes on the back of a performance with Grinspoon at Splendour in The GrassÂ and follows the first two nights of Phil‘sÂ ‘Somebody Else’Â national tour. The album includes co-production credits from friendsÂ Oscar Dawson of Holy HolyÂ andÂ Davey Lane of You Am I; Lane is also playing guitar in Jamieson’s band, as well as fronting the tour’s guest act,Â The Pictures.
Phil has been working on his solo career for some years. Indeed, some of his â€˜newâ€™ material predates his role in the Australian stage production ofÂ American Idiot. He has, however, up until now been nervous to christen it with an album.Â
â€œThe collective fear and loathing which has gone into releasing this has sometimes seemed insurmountable. But itâ€™s a bit like an election, innit? If not now, when? If not me, who? Thanks for listening regardless, I hope you get a kick out of itâ€¦â€
The overwhelmingly positive response to the record shows that Phil had nothing to worry about. As that doyen of the arts,Â Tim RogersÂ says of it:Â â€œPhilâ€™s puckish performance style is underscored by a voice that can turn choirboy or demonâ€™s spawn in a blinding grin. This has at times overshadowed his humour and empathy but no more. Teasing open his lapels to show heart and scars, but also hope and the lessons learnt from throwing yourself into this art that compels and damns us. Pop music with fire and finesse.”
The themes behindÂ ‘Somebody Else’Â span time, space and the human experience, traversing everything from time travel to trouble, loneliness, desire, escapism and love. Starting to grow sonic legs a decade ago, Phil initially presented what would eventually becomeÂ ‘Somebody Else’Â to his team in 2019. Barrelling from emphatic dreamscapes on tracks likeÂ Trouble, to otherworldly realms onÂ YCBM, smoky, sultry stopovers on Little Pickle, upbeat indie rock onÂ Rebecca and percolating gloss on its title track,Â Somebody ElseÂ reads and breathes like a jolt of fresh, and occasionally dream poppy, air, born as an entirely different album and carefully finessed and polished into its beguiling end result – before anyone knew what social distancing actually was, as Phil explains,Â â€œInitially I presented something to my management the weekend before Bob Hawke died, I was working on a few projects and presented the album, to Wonderlick; and they said it was close but to keep working. So I went away with Oscar, Davey, Jordan, Ben and we polished it up, this was all pre-pandemic, back in 2019â€.
To celebrate the release, Phil hit the road this week with band matesÂ Sam RainesÂ on drums andÂ Rob MuiÃ±osÂ on bass and new additionÂ Davey Lane providing addedÂ guitar brilliance. Â The tour began July 27 in Eltham in Northern NSW. Â Supporting Phil is Davey‘s bandÂ The PicturesÂ – who are back in their original form after 18 years.Â
PHIL JAMIESON & BAND
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE PICTURES
WEDNESDAY 27 JULY â€¢ ELTHAM HOTEL, ELTHAM (NSW) -Â TIX
THURSDAY 28 JULY â€¢ VINNIEâ€™S DIVE, GOLD COAST -Â TIX
FRIDAY 29 JULY â€¢ SOL BAR, SUNSHINE COAST -Â TIX
SATURDAY 30 JULY â€¢ THE ZOO, BRISBANE -Â TIX
THURSDAY 4 AUGUST â€¢ THE CURTIN, MELBOURNE -Â TIX
FRIDAY 5 AUGUST â€¢ TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA -Â TIX
SATURDAY 6 AUGUST â€¢ OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEYÂ -Â TIX
SUNDAY 7 AUGUST â€¢ SHADY PALMS, AVOCA BEACH (NSW)Â -Â TIX
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST â€¢ LION ARTS FACTORY, ADELAIDE -Â TIX
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With thanks to Dave Laing Publicity