Having toured relentlessly for a decade with no new music in sight, 2022 is shining a spotlight on one of Australiaâ€™s most esteemed frontmen, with the legendaryÂ GrinspoonÂ vocalist and guitaristÂ Phil JamiesonÂ today sharing his new singleÂ Lights OnÂ andÂ accompanying music videoÂ directed by Arlo Cook (Bob Evans, Gretta Zilla). The third single off his impending first-ever solo full-length albumÂ ‘Somebody Else‘, due out on Friday July 29 via Cheersquad Records & Tapes,Â Lights OnÂ is an affable aural gem thatâ€™ll certainly shake the crowds into a shimmering frenzy whenÂ PhilÂ and his band hit the road this July and August.
With a horde of 2022 appearances onstage at various Aussie festivals helmingÂ Grinspoon, including Spring Loaded, Wallapalooza and, imminently, Splendour In The Grass,Â Philâ€™s upcoming solo album celebratory launch tour will seeÂ Phil, along with band matesÂ Davey LaneÂ on guitar,Â Sam RainesÂ on drums andÂ RobÂ MuiÃ±osÂ on bass, kicking off atÂ Gaol After DarkÂ in New South Wales on July 2, followed by Eltham Hotel (NSW), before traipsing to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Central Coast, Adelaide, Albury and closing out atÂ The Big BonanzaÂ in Coffs Harbour on November 4. Tickets for all album launch shows are available now HERE.
Boasting more hooks than a tackle box,Â Lights OnÂ launches with a crunchy spring in its step, with deep grooves, airy guitars andÂ Philâ€™s creamy vocals ever-present throughout the tune. WithÂ Jackson McRaeÂ stepping in to bust out the driving beats onÂ Lights On,Â PhilÂ and co-producer Oscar Dawson, aka guitarist for Aussie indie rockersÂ Holy Holy, deliver a dreamy and jangly delight that went through multiple variations before its final end result; and the single also may or may not be inspired by bank heists and memories, asÂ PhilÂ elaborates,Â â€œItâ€™s been a journey for Lights On, going through many iterations andÂ arrangements and what not. Itâ€™s a fun song to move shoulders and hips toÂ â€“ and its release also means Iâ€™m closer to releasing the album! The trackÂ might be about a bank heist?Â AtÂ its core, itâ€™sÂ aboutÂ always keeping yourÂ heart in place for the person that you love. But itâ€™s also about memoriesÂ that might have betrayed you in some ways, and maybe about stealingÂ money and maybe about hiding it. Maybe itâ€™s about a bank heist, OceansÂ 13, Oceans 8. And it also could be about saying: no matter what, I’mÂ gonna kind of hang in there, I’m gonna be there. So sentimental!â€
The themes behindÂ Philâ€™s forthcoming album ‘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,Â PhilÂ initially presented what would eventually becomeÂ ‘Somebody Else’Â to his team in 2019.Â PhilÂ explains, 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, toÂ Wonderlick; and they said it was close but to keep working. So I went away with Oscar, Davey, Jordan, Ben and weÂ polished it up, this was all pre-pandemic,Â back in 2019â€.
A face and voice that would help shape and define the new wave of Australian alternative music back in the mid 90s,Â Philâ€™s tenure for over a quarter of a century fronting Lismoreâ€™s favourite sonsÂ Grinspoon,Â Philâ€™s distinctive lyrics and vocal stylings piloted the groupâ€™s instantaneous meteoric rise, withÂ GrinspoonÂ becoming the first act â€˜Unearthedâ€™ by triple j courtesy of their debut trackÂ Sickfest. Going on to command over one thousand live shows, 13 ARIA nominations, six consecutive Top 10 chart debuts and multi-platinum album sales, Grinspoon also continued to be triple j darlings over the years, with a whopping 17 tracks polling in multiple Hottest 100 countdowns, including the iconic anthemÂ Chemical HeartÂ which took out the #2 spot in 2002 as well as #63 in 2013â€™s Hottest 100 of All Time edition. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist,Â Philâ€™s live prowess hasnâ€™t been strictly limited to a band setting, debuting his theatre chops in the 2017 Australian stage production of the Broadway musicalÂ American Idiot.Â Philâ€™s starring role in the Green Day-penned musical was extremely well received, as has been his more recent solo ventures, including the recently released singlesÂ TroubleÂ and the title track from his impending debut solo albumÂ ‘Somebody Else’.
From his staggering impact on the Australian musical landscape to his continued work as a solo artist, performer and philanthropist extraordinaire, merely labellingÂ PhilÂ a jack-of-all-trades would be entirely a disservice to this accomplished creative, who also shares an affinity for watching Judge Judy, coffee and â€œplaying tennis badlyâ€. But undeniably withÂ ‘Somebody Else’,Â PhilÂ yet again cements his rockstar status, with something for everybody on his maiden solo full-length album, and the albumâ€™s live tour celebrations will also feature everything youâ€™d hope for, asÂ PhilÂ concludes, â€œKeep your expectations low and I will supercede them! I never go to concerts expecting much, I always find that if I go in with low expectations, I come awayÂ feeling relatively positive. I know it sounds a bit facetious to say, but you can guarantee that I will be there and also accompanied by a band, which is veryÂ exciting to really flesh out these songs. And of course, there will be Grinners songs played too, it would be rude not to. I might even throw in a Powderfinger,Â Jebediah or Spiderbait song too, just to even out my alt 90s cover set?!â€
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