Sunday, April 21, 2024

Phil Jamieson is Something Else

From fronting generation-defining multi-platinum-selling Australian rock band Grinspoon, to enjoying success in the musical theatre world, Phil Jamieson is still going strong 27 years on from his debut. His solo album Something Else is due on 11th August through Golden Robot Records.

A project years in the making, it grabbed the praise, with You Am I frontman Tim Rogers stating: “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.”

The album can be ordered here. It was preceded last month by double A Sided single Something Else’/’Lights On‘.

Said to boat “more hooks than a tackle box, ‘Lights On’ launches with a crunchy spring in its step, with deep grooves airy guitars and Jamieson’s creamy vocals ever present throughout the tune. Joining him, Jackson McRae steps in to bust out the driving beats and co-producer Oscar Dawson, aka guitarist for Aussie indie rockers Holy Holy, delivers a dreamy and jangly sound that went through multiple variations before its final end result. 

The single also may or may not be inspired by bank heists and memories, as Jamieson elaborated, “It’s been a journey for ‘Lights On’ going through many iterations and arrangements and what not. It’s a fun song to move your shoulders and hips to. The track might be about a bank heist? At its core, it’s about always keeping your heart in place for the person that you love. But its also about memories that might have betrayed you in some ways, and maybe about stealing money and maybe about hiding it.

“Maybe it’s about a bank heist, Oceans 13, Oceans 8, and it could be about saying: No matter what, I’m gonna kind of hand in there, I’m gonna be there, so sentimental!’ 

You can stream/buy Something Else’/’Lights Onhere and check out the video to the latter track here at RAMzine.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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