Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson announced ‘Somebody Else’ – his first solo album – alongside its title track and news of a nine-date launch tour.
The titular song is an upbeat cut of groove-influenced pop-rock, retaining Grinspoon’s dynamic spirit with a bouncy, more broadly accessible sound. Jamieson co-produced it with Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson, who the singer and multi-instrumentalist says took it from cut-and-dry rock ‘n’ roll to the more pop-adjacent cut it is today. today.
In a press release, Jamieson explained, “[‘Somebody Else’] was born in Blueys Beach a few moons ago. It started life as a slinky Rolling Stones-type jam with a bit more punch. Then Oscar Dawson from Holy Holy got his hands on it and changed it, and then I redid it as some sort of dream-pop major seventh.
“It didn’t work out so I went back to Oscar, and we did it again July/August last year, in an industrial area in Dandenong at the end of a cul de sac surrounded by boats/solar / brothels.”
The track arrives today (March 31) alongside a video – directed by Arlo Cook, with cast and crew removed from Jamieson’s tenure featured in the american idiot play – which shows the artist embodying a wide range of disparate characters in various settings, from the cinema valet to the delivery driver of a brand of lasagna.
Take a look at that below:
“Something Else” has spent years in the making, Jamieson clarified in today’s press release, with work on the album beginning before it took its american idiot role in 2017. “The collective fear and loathing that went into publishing this felt overwhelming at times,” he said, “but it’s kind of like an election, isn’t it? If not now when? If not me, who? Thanks for listening anyway, hope you get a kick out of it…”
Rather than describing the album itself, Jamieson called on You Am I and the Hard-Ons’ Tim Rogers, who said, “Phil’s understated performance style is underscored by a voice that can transform a child. choirboy or a demon child into a blinding smile.
“It has overshadowed his humor and empathy at times, but no more. The teaser opens his lapels to show his heart and his scars, but also the hope and lessons learned in embarking on this art that compels and damns us. Pop music with fire and finesse.
The album is due out July 29 via Cheersquad Records & Tapes. Pre-orders are available here, and you can check out the cover art and track listing below:
3. Someone else
6. You Could Be Mine
8. Lights On
A few days before the album’s release, Jamieson will embark on a nine-date Australian tour in support of “Somebody Else”. Accompanied by drummer Sam Raines and bassist Rob Muiños, the race will kick off at the Eltham Hotel on Wednesday, July 27. He will then perform Vinnie’s Dive on the Gold Coast, before celebrating the album launch at Sol Bar on the Sunshine Coast.
From there, Jamieson and his cohort – along with opening act The Pictures – will hit stages in Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Avoca Beach and Adelaide. Tickets for all runaway shows are available on the Jamieson website.
The dates for Phil Jamieson’s Australian tour in 2022 are:
Wednesday 27 – Eltham, Eltham Hotel
Thursday 28 – Gold Coast, Vinnie’s Dive
Friday 29 – Sunshine Coast, Sol Bar
Saturday 30 – Brisbane, The Zoo
Thursday 4 – Melbourne, The Curtin
Friday 5 – Canberra, Transit Bar
Saturday 6 – Sydney, Oxford Art Factory
Sunday 7 – Avoca Beach, Shady Palms
Friday the 12th – Adelaide, Lion Arts Factory