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Feature Album on Double J!
Phil Jamieson – frontman/singer/songwriter/guitarist for Grinspoon – has today released his first ever solo album, 'Somebody Else'.
The album is this week's Feature Album on Double J!

It's been a very busy few weeks for Phil Jamieson. Last weekend Phil hosted Rage, Grinspoon played Splendour in the Grass/Mud, Phil visited ABC TV studios for News Breakfast, and played live on ABC RN. Today Phil is on Mornings with Zan Rowe to Take 5. He's been on Channel 9 and Triple M. keep your eyes out today for features in The Guardian by Andrew Stafford and The Australian by Andrew McMillen.
"Jamieson flexes the upper reaches of his singable compass….transforming from Grinspoon’s frontman to 'Somebody Else’ entirely." - Bryget Chrisfield (Beat)

"It would be a shame if this tune isn’t rewarded with heavy commercial airplay…..this is a classic Jamieson number, to hoist in the rafters alongside Busy, No Reason, and Just Ace." - Nathan Jolly (The Guardian)

"There’s enough rock here to satisfy the hardcore Grinspoon fans. It's perhaps been underrated over the years, but Jamieson has a great pop voice." - Stack (Jeff Jenkins)

"Exuberant." - Russell Crowe

" swirls and stomps, it jangles and roars" - Kathy McCabe, News Corp abundance of thrilling ‘ooooooh shiiiiiit!’ arrangement twists...

There’s an abundance of thrilling ‘ooooooh shiiiiiit!’ arrangement twists throughout killer second single ‘Trouble’ (co-written/co-produced by You Am I’s Davey Lane). Those gnarly riffs are so unexpectedly sexy, and Jamieson flexes the upper reaches of his singable compass here: “THIIIIIIINGS I’VE DONE!”. Such a showoff.” – Bryget Chrisfield (Beat)

As that doyen of the arts, Tim Rogers, says of it: “Phil’s puckish performance style is underscored by a voice that can turn choirboy or demon’s spawn in a blinding grin. This has at times overshadowed his humour and empathy, but no more. Teasing open his lapels to show heart and scars, but also hope, and the lessons learnt from throwing yourself into this art that compels and damns us. Pop music with fire and finesse.”

Phil Jamieson had a choice. Come back as the cryogenically frozen rock star from Grinspoon’s halcyon days, or level up with swinging widescreen pop that shows off his acting chops and matured pipes. ‘Somebody Else’ opts for the latter, a bait ‘n’ switch belter that goes from collective introspection to busting out of the cocoon a beautiful butterfly. Sounds like a hit.”Mikey Cahill


The themes behind Somebody Else span time, space and the human experience, traversing everything from time travel to trouble, loneliness, desire, escapism and love. Starting to grow sonic legs a decade ago, Phil initially presented what would eventually become Somebody Else to his team in 2019. Barrelling from emphatic dreamscapes on tracks like 'Trouble', to otherworldly realms on 'YCBM', smoky, sultry stopovers on 'Little Pickle', upbeat indie rock on 'Rebecca' and percolating gloss on its title track, Somebody Else reads and breathes like a jolt of fresh, and occasionally dream poppy, air, born as an entirely different album and carefully finessed and polished into its beguiling end result - before anyone knew what social distancing actually was.

As Phil explains, “Initially I presented something to my management the weekend before Bob Hawke died, I was working on a few projects and presented the album, to Wonderlick; and they said it was close but to keep working. So I went away with Oscar, Davey, Jordan, Ben and we polished it up, this was all pre-pandemic, back in 2019.”

"The collective fear and loathing which has gone into releasing this has sometimes seemed insurmountable. But it’s a bit like an election, innit? If not now, when? If not me, who? Thanks for listening regardless; I hope you get a kick out of it…"

With 'Somebody Else' getting stellar reviews, Phil no longer has to feel the fear.

Somebody Else is available on white vinyl, CD and digitally through Cheersquad Records & Tapes, the Melbourne-based label run by Wally Kempton from The Meanies and Even.


To celebrate the release, Phil Jamieson hit the road this week with bandmates Sam Raines on drums and Rob Muiños on bass and new addition Davey Lane providing added guitar brilliance. Supporting Phil is Davey's band The Pictures - who are back in their original form after 18 years. More info and tickets via Phil Jamieson's website here.
Friday 29 July
Phil Jamieson is in Queensland playing Sol Bar Solbar, Maroochydore. W/ The Pictures. Tickets
Friday 29 - Sunday 31 July
3 Checkerboard Lounge sets at Winter Blues in Echuca: Fri: Echuca Club, 8pm. Sat: Star Hotel, 4:15pm. Sun: 1895 The Royal Bistro, 12pm. Info
Friday 29 July
Fenn Wilson, Cahill Kelly and Hannah Kate play at the Old Bar, Fitzroy. Tickets
Friday 29 July
Vacations curate Mates Festival at the Cambridge Hotel, Muloobinba, Newcastle: one massive party at their favourite venue with a strong focus on community and inclusivity. Tickets
Friday 29 July
The Baudelaires play the Cactus Room with Black Bats. Free entry. Info
Saturday 30 July
EVEN support the legendary Sunnyboys for a second night at Sydney's Factory Theatre. Tickets
Saturday 30 July
Night 4 of the Phil Jamieson album tour at The Zoo in Fortitude Valley, QLD. W/ The Pictures. Tickets
Bagful of Beez, Cahill Kelly, Checkerboard Lounge, Cheeky Geezers, Chris Wilson, EVEN, Fenn Wilson, Georgia Knight, Gersey, Jasmin Kaset, Jodi Phillis, Joyce Prescher, Immigrant Union, L.A. Mood, Los Chicos, Marcel Borrack, Minibikes, Money For Rope, Nick Batterham, Nick Craft, Phil Jamieson, Rinehearts, Sandpit, Seasick Steve, Snout, Super American Eagle, T. Wilds, The Baudelaires, The Glory Box, The Hard-Ons, The Level Spirits, The Meanies, The Pub Dogs, Underground Lovers, Vacations and Wanita.

Management and/or bookings: Tumbleweed, The Meanies, Even, Money for Rope, Minibikes, Los Chicos, Stompin' Riffraffs.


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