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One of Australia’s most durable rock acts Grinspoon is stepping up to the mark again in 2024, with a new album and tour.

And, that also means another gig in Newcastle.

With the band set to release its eighth studio record, whatever, whatever, Phil Jamieson and his cohorts will ignite Bar on the Hill on Tuesday 29 October.

Grinspoon’s latest track, Unknown Pretenders, marks the first new music from the group in 12 years, too.

“It was written in the dawning of the pandemic in a small studio in Adelaide February 2020, with a number of other tunes as well,” Jamieson said.

“It’s a magical riffy song about the end of the world and who will actually survive.”

Unknown Pretenders kicks off a further chapter in Grinspoon’s enduring story.

Following 13 ARIA nominations and two wins, countless Platinum accolades and a “live” reputation that is untouchable, it’s clear the band was ready to unleash some pent-up creative energy. 

“It’s with a curious trepidation but ultimately a feeling of unfulfilled wonderment that we reach into the caverns of our beings for a new journey of recorded endeavours, one which we are proud but tentatively a little scared of releasing,” added Jamieson, a regular visitor to the Hunter.

For Unknown Pretenders and whatever, whatever, Grinspoon enlisted Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers) as producer, working with him over the past couple of years to shape the sound of the record.

“Oscar is an incredibly talented creative, engineer and producer,” Jamieson said.

“We hadn’t worked with an Australian producer for a very long time.

“So, it was a refreshing change.

“Recording with Oscar became very collaborative, he’s humble and understands the different dynamics within the band.”

Boasting hits such as Chemical Heart, Lost Control, More Than You Are and No Reason, Grinspoon’s influence on the Australian scene has extended beyond the success of their early material.

The band contributed to the blueprint of rock music that has celebrated the embrace of different sounds and influences.

Excited to hit the road, Jamieson remarked: “This thing ain’t for the faint-hearted.

“We’re really trying to get to as many places as possible, it kind of harks back to the olden days of touring; four guys in a van with some guitars.

“With the release of new music, we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to see Grinners.

“We’re going back to some venues we haven’t played in 20 years.

“To say we’re excited is a massive understatement.

“Over the past six years, we have played arenas and stadiums and theaters and what not.

“It’s all been tremendous and we have loved every minute of it but there is nothing like the three-hour drive after a show, the 9am checkout from the hotel, and the first stop to get a chicko roll and strawberry milk – black coffee for me, I am now an adult.

“These gigs will be madness – sweaty Tuesdays, taking the day off work on a Wednesday, remembering the reason you go to pubs.

“Our venues are suffering out there in the regions, so we are bringing the show to them.

“We can’t wait to see you all.”

Tickets for the whatever, whenever, wherever tour go on sale from 9am on Monday 27 May from grinspoon.com.au/ or www.oztix.com.au

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