Phil Jamieson: “Grinspoon is great, but I got to a point where I wanted a little bit more creative control”

Phil Jamieson. Credit: Ian Laidlaw
(Image credit: Ian Laidlaw)

It’s debatable whether or not Somebody Else – the stunning new record of prickly retro pop and punchy rock from Phil Jamieson – is the Grinspoon frontman’s debut solo album. He did break out from the Grinners in the mid-2000s to steer The Lost Gospel, but Somebody Else is the first to bear his actual name. It’s also not entirely a solo album – as Jamieson tells Australian Guitar, producers Oscar Dawson (of Holy Holy) and Davey Lane (of You Am I) served the same role on this record that his bandmates in Grinspoon did on their seven albums, four EPs, so on and so forth. 

So it’s not Jamieson’s first solo record, but it’s the first Phil Jamieson record, but it was made a three-piece supergroup… You keeping up?

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…