Interview by Jason Edwards
Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have come a long way since 1995 after winning the very first regional “unearthed” competition for Triple J radio. The first town featured was Lismore in Northern NSW and the boys couldn’t believe they had won.
“We owe a great debt to JJJ for allowing us and other bands to get radio play and get there music to the people,” Pat Davern, Grinspoon’s guitarist, told Sleep Pile.
Lismore will be just one of the stops on the national tour where they will be playing the album Guide To Better Living, cover-to-cover, across June-September 2017, alongside a selection of favourites from albums that followed.
“I still have the guitars used on the original recordings and tours so I will be finding them in storage to authenticate the sound”
Grinspoon has 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.
“It’s a real honour to be releasing the 20th Anniversary of Guide To Better Living. It was an amazing time in the band’s life. Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives,” says Davern.
The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time, in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, seeing the original album with a second disc: Live At CBGB’s. It’s a10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York.
“I still have the guitars used on the original recordings and tours so I will be finding them in storage to authenticate the sound,“ Pat says, referring to his classic blue Maton and Schecter guitars from the 90’s.
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release on June 23 to coincide with the first of 31shows. Pre-order album bundles are on sale from www.grinspoon.com.au.