On guard: Grenadiers are back

Grenadiers are set to play the Long Weekender at Club 54.EVERYBODY loves a long weekend – no work and all play – and that is exactly what Launceston’s original music venue Club 54 has on offer.
Nanjing Night Net

The Long Weekender is a three-day event, which is destined to be a night full of music and good times.

Twenty-five local and mainland acts are set to perform at the event, including Adelaide rock band The Grenadiers, who will be headlining on Sunday night.

With the great responses the band has received from their latest album Summer, launched in January last year, four years after their previous album, the three-piece band is feeling better than ever.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Jesse Coulter told X-Static that a lot had changed for the band in recent years.

New members Phil and Jimmy joined before the release of Summer, and Coulter said he looked forward to collaborating more heavily with them in the future.

“Now our sound has changed drastically, we are so much more focused now. We are touring now to put out a taste, to keep people interested,” Coulter said.

“We were not expecting anything like the responses we have received with Summer – we ended up playing around 60 shows across the country last year.”

Launceston is just one of six cities that the band is including in its Live Fast, Diabetes tour, and is excited to be playing here again.

“We love Tassie in general; we have not been there as much as we would have liked but hopefully that will change. We are stoked to be so far south again and to see our mates in Tassie,” Coulter told X-Static.

The band has shared the stage with Cold Chisel, Kingswood and The Smith Street Band, along with scoring a slot at the Big Day Out music festival in 2011 after being named the Triple J Unearthed winners in 2010.

The Grenadiers are known for having a raw rock style and a variety of influences in ’80s rock but Coulter explained that it was not that easy to pinpoint their influences.

“We just put together a riff and see what it sounds like,” he said.

“We do not really have an agenda, we just like to get in there and start writing.”

The Long Weekender starts up at Club 54 on Friday at 6pm, and will go on until the early hours of Monday.

Tickets are $20 each night on the door or weekend passes are available through Oztix for $45, plus booking fees.

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