Grinspoon have put themselves into hiatus.
Lismore’s most famous band have decided to call it a day after 18 years, 1000 shows, six consecutive top 10 albums and more than 500,000 sales.
In a statement at their official website, “the band wish to announce that they’re taking a long-term, indefinite break – founding members Phil Jamieson, Pat Davern, Joe Hansen and Kristian Hopes going on hiatus to pursue individual projects for the foreseeable future”.
“Thanks to all our families, friends, and especially our fans for the support over the last 18 years – it’s been a wild ride to say the least. “We are still a band of brothers but it’s time for us to take a break and recharge the batteries. We’re excited to see what our future holds…adios amigos, it’s been a blast!”they said.
Grinspoon were one of Triple J’s first Unearthed success stories. The teenage Lismore band entered the J’s Sickfest Unearthed competition and won.
That brought them to the attention of Universal Music who signed them in 1997 and released the debut album ‘Guide To Better Living’. It reached no. 11 on the ARIA chart, sold double platinum in Australia and delivered the three hit songs “DC×3”, “Just Ace”, and “Champion’.
The second album ‘Easy’ in 1999 also went double platinum and reached no. 4 in Australia. The third album ‘Detention’ featured ‘Chemical Heart’ and gave Grinspoon their first Top 10 ballad.
Grinspoon’s final show will be in Brisbane at Eaton Hills Hotel on December 20. Grinspoon’s final show will take place on Friday 20 December at Eaton Hills Hotel in Brisbane, QLD. “We didn’t plan it this way, but it made sense to end this chapter of our careers after our last show for 2013,” they said. “We didn’t want to get up on stage for the final time for now and not be able to share our news with our fans.”
As for the future? “You’ll have to wait and see,” is all they have to say.
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