Grin-spoon full of Sugarloaf Rock

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Grinspoon have a massive 2020 planned
Camera IconGrinspoon have a massive 2020 planned Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Supplied

Fresh from their sold-out Chemical Hearts tour, Grinspoon are bringing the hits to Sugarloaf Rock on February 8.

The ARIA award-winning band will headline the rock festival at 3 Oceans Winery, along with other big names in the Australian music scene such as Wolfmother and Dead Letter Circus.

After seven studio albums, two greatest-hits albums and several live recordings, the four-piece outfit have promised a new single, scheduled for release mid-2020.

Drummer Kristian Hopes said the band would re-enter the studio and record the next evolution of Grinspoon in three weeks.

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“We have about 15 new songs,” he said. “I’ve been writing a bit of stuff in Byron Bay and the other guys are all over; we have bits and pieces, which we will bring together in the studio.”

The recent Chemical Hearts tour was met with critical acclaim and Hopes said it was “an awesome vibe where the crowd could tell we were having a good time”.

“We had a few stage invasions and a few lunatics, a bit of anarchy,” he said.

“We’re all getting a bit older now but it’s good to see people are still loving the rock.”

Chemical Heart was released on 2002 album New Detention.

The track has grown from being faced with uncertainty by fans, to becoming an Australian pop-rock classic. The single signalled the band’s move away from their punk-rock roots.

“We were a bit tentative about it at first but decided to go with it,” Hopes said.

“The record company were a bit worried because we were stepping away from our sound a little bit, but you have to evolve as a band.”

Ahead of their appearance at Sugarloaf Rock, Grinspoon will perform at the Australian Open next week and will play a landmark concert, Fire Fight Australia, alongside names such as Queen, Alice Cooper and Hilltop Hoods to raise funds for bushfire relief.

“We’ve never got a chance to play alongside Queen; they are just an awesome band with awesome songs, so that’s going to be a career highlight for us,” Hopes said.

One of the Grinners’ most memorable live performances was in 2017 after they released a 20th anniversary edition of Guide to Better Living.

The album included live recordings of a particularly raucous live show at Falls Festival in 1997. “I remember someone threw some fireworks on stage and burnt Pat’s (guitarist Pat Davern) clothes — some weird stuff happened at that gig — a bag of vomit was thrown onstage,” Hopes said.

As for Sugarloaf Rock, Hopes said he was keen for the crowd to bring the same energy as they did to that infamous gig, minus the gross onstage gift.

Tickets for Sugarloaf Rock are $99 and available via Oztix.

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