Turning back the clock to the late 90’s/ early 2000’s when I worked behind the bar, every Friday night there would be an aural onslaught as the jukebox pumped out hit after hit of some amazing Aussie bands. Fast forward to 2020 and the majority of those bands have jumped on together to tour the nation on the Spring Loaded Festival. Although I was well into adulthood, these bands and their songs became the soundtrack to a huge part of my life.
Getting together with some mates to tour Spring Loaded 2020 is one of the best bands of that era – Grinspoon. Drummer Kris Hopes is pretty excited to be back playing and even happier that he is doing it with so many mates. We caught up earlier today to chat about the festival and the fact that after all this time there is some new music in the works for the Grinners.
Yeah its gonna be good. I’m really looking forward to it. We got our first gig out of the way a couple of weeks ago in Hobart which is the first one back since Covid. This will be the second one for us. We are pretty excited to get on this thing and get it under way finally.
I had a chat to another band the other day and I said to them its just like a big school reunion!
Yeah I know, I’m looking forward to catching up with heaps of people that we haven’t seen in years. Congrats to all the other bands that are still around as well, it’s awesome.
I was thinking that when I was going through the bands. You guys are all still relevant today, still playing gigs and touring, 25-30 years down the track.
We are in our 26th year as a band. Whoo hoo!!
1995 Triple J Unearthed was a long time ago!
Yeah it was, wasn’t it. For us, other than maybe a couple of years off, we have been pretty much working the whole time. It doesn’t seem that long ago for us (laughs). And it still feels good.
I saw you guys play a few years back in Adelaide and that was the first time I had ever seen you play.
How did we go?? Was that at the Entertainment Centre?
You killed it. Yeah it was. I don’t even remember who the other acts were. I was so excited to be finally seeing you play.
I worked in a pub when all you guys were releasing music. If It wasn’t for that I probably would have missed that whole era of music. Looking back now that was an insane time in the Australian music scene.
Yeah I think so. At the time we were just happy to be around and playing with those bands like You Am I, Magic Dirt and Regurgitator, they are all great bands. We looked up to those bands, so we were just stoked to be around as well. But coming all this way now and they are all still around, congrats to them.
And you are all still playing gigs and touring. You guys tour nearly every year just about don’t you?
We do our best.
I was disappointed last year because it was the 25th anniversary of your self-titled album and I thought for sure there would be a tour.
We were right in the middle of hitting our straps. We had just come off the back of a big tour and we had all these shows booked. We were pretty disappointed because we were primed to kick on for that year. But anyway these things happen. We have to reload and go again.
That’s it and gigs are back.
It’s good, its so great.
You guys are also playing Scene and Heard later in the year.
Yeah that’s in November and then I think we have Splendour as well. If they all happen it will be great. We are going to try and get some new material out before the end of the year. When we finished up at the V8 Supercars in Adelaide, prior to Covid, we stayed for a week and went to a local studio there and recorded a whole bunch of stuff. He was a cool drummer who was in a few bands and he ran the studio. He recorded with us and it worked out real good. We ended up recording 15 tracks, there were a few good ones in there. We are not 100% sure what we will release of that stuff and there might be a bit more work to go between now and the end of the year, but we will have some time here and there to be able to start wrapping a few of those tracks up. Getting them ready and putting them together for a release.
I think that will excite a few people!
That’s good to hear. We will be excited to play new material too. For these shows coming up we will be playing what everyone wants to hear, which is a sprinkling of all the albums that we have done over the years. So we will do that for this bunch of shows and then we will probably switch it up for the next bunch of festivals, see what we release and maybe do a tour on our own at the end of it. We will just see what happens.
That’s where we are at at the moment. In the last year we haven’t had a lot going on to talk about, for obvious reasons. But it’s exciting to be back out there and doing all these shows with bands that we haven’t played with for years. It’s fun for us to go and watch them play as well so you will probably see us hanging around at some of the shows.
Tickets and dates for Spring Loaded are below:
SAT 8 MAY | ON THE LAWN AT ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 12 JUN | CAIRNS SHOWGROUNDS | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 19 JUN | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 26 JUN | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | SA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
FRI 23 JUL | DARWIN AMPHITHEATRE | NT | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 16 OCT | GOSFORD ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 23 OCT | STUART PARK, WOLLONGONG | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 30 OCT | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH | WA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 27 NOV | VENUE DETAILS TO FOLLOW | VIC | 18+ Venue details to come, sign up for pre-sale http://www.springloadedfestival.com.au