GRINSPOON ANNOUNCE 27-DATE NATIONAL TOUR TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF 'GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING'
Post-grunge Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have today announced a 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of the album that kickstarted their long-standing music career, Guide To Better Living, alongside an epic 27-date national tour of Australia, playing the album cover to cover for fans throughout June, July, August and September.
It's 1995. A band from Lismore named Grinspoon (named after Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr Lester Grinspoon who supported the medicinal use of marijuana) submitted the track, Sickfest to triple j's Unearthed national band comp in its inaugural year. To everyone's amazement, they won - and for the next two months the song was the station's number one request.
Twenty years later - with the album chalking up a double decade of acclaim - the band are emerging from hiatus to celebrate their debut album with the Guide To Better Living tour, playing the album cover to cover across June-September 2017, alongside a selection of later favourites from their albums that followed. The tour takes in 27 dates across the nation - the first tour of such scale since the band went on hiatus in 2013, broken only for a support slot on Cold Chisel's Perfect Crime tour of Australia in 2015.
Candidly chatting about the 20th anniversary of their monumental debut release, vocalist Phil Jamieson jests, "I hate nostalgia, it gets my goat. What I do love are tunes, and we've got tunes! NBT - Balding Matters - Scalped are probably what are considered to be album tracks or 'filler', but I can't wait to spit 'em out with as much venom as I did as a 19 year old. Then there is Railroader - Repeat - Just Ace - Champion - Boundary .... it's like a little treasure box of ditties! I don't think I really knew what I was doing when I made Guide To Better Living, but I know that playing this album from start to finish is going to be one of the most challenging, enjoyable & kickass things I'll ever do! Bring on the road, bring on the tour, bring on the shows... happy 20th birthday GTBL!"
To correspond with the tour, an accompanying expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23. Grinspoon have curated a 20th Anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, expanding the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49 track feast of rarities, live tracks and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB's - an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB's venue in New York. The recording was found in a scour of the vaults late in 2016. The physical 2CD edition is packaged in a deluxe slipcase, alongside a 36 page book featuring unseen images, scans of memorabilia, full lyrics and essays from each of the band members.
Grinspoon is Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums.
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release on June 23. Pre-order album bundles are on sale from www.grinspoon.com.au .
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Grinspoon LIVE at Villa Noosa
8pm 17 August 2017
Villa Noosa, Noosaville
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