Phil Jamieson has shared a wonderful performance of a pair of tracks from his debut solo album for the latest instalment of Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’, a series in which artists perform from home following an era which has seen live shows become a rarity.
After working on it over the span of several years – with some of the ‘new’ songs on it even predating his role in the Australian stage production of American Idiot – the Grinspoon legend finally unveiled his first-ever solo full-length album, Somebody Else, last week.
“The collective fear and loathing which has gone into releasing this has sometimes seemed insurmountable,” he said coyly about the release. “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.”
For his ‘In My Room’ set, Jamieson passionately performed two gems from the album, “Lights On” and the title track. The former proved to be one of the most difficult tracks to get right. “It’s been a journey for “Lights On”, going through many iterations and arrangements and what not,” he explained about the track.
“It 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 it’s 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 also could be about saying: no matter what, I’m gonna kind of hang in there, I’m gonna be there. So sentimental!”
Check out Phil Jamieson’s performance in the player above, or by heading over to Rolling Stone AU/NZ’s Instagram page. The singer’s album, Somebody Else, can also be streamed below.
You can also catch Phil perform these two songs and many more on his current album launch tour, which is set to culminate in Albury on Saturday, August 20th (see full dates here).