BIOGRAPHY

HILLTOP HOODS ARE MAKING THEIR RETURN TO THE WORLD STAGE WITH THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘CLARK GRISWOLD’. THE SONG, FEATURING THE SOULFUL VOICE OF EMERGING STAR ADRIAN EAGLE, IS THE FIRST TASTE OF NEW MUSIC FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM.

It follows their 5 x Platinum hit ‘1955’ and 2 x Platinum hit ‘Higher’ – both lifted from the critically acclaimed 2016 Orchestral Remix Album Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung.

‘Clark Griswold’ sees the band talking frankly about the assumptions of fatherhood, and wondering honestly about their ability to live up to expectations, encapsulated best in the raw lyrics: ‘You say that I’m a beautiful mess? I’d say the truth is a stretch/I confess I’m only human, but I’m doing my best’.

“’Clark Griswold’ is a song about becoming a father and taking account of our weaknesses as a result. On a basic level it’s about being a flawed person that’s trying to do better.”

The song’s title is a reference to the bumbling, boorish dad ‘Clark Griswold’ and the group are opening up from an angle that’s not often addressed in their genre. Instead of leaning into common troupes, the group are reaching for something more honest and truthful, with Suffa at one point intoning ‘And take a look at the way that I’m living/Mistakes are better never made than forgiven, right?’

The group have sold a staggering 1.6 million singles and nearly 1 million albums. They’ve garnered enormous industry accolades with 8 x Aria’s, a J Award, 6 x songs in the Top 10 of the JJJ’s Hottest 100, 5 x Top 10 ARIA Singles, and 5 x #1 ARIA Albums to their name.

On top of these achievements, Hilltop Hoods are also one of the country’s top live acts. Their 2016 Restrung Tour – an orchestral reworking of their albums Drinking From The Sun and Walking Under Stars – remains the groups’ most creatively ambitious and biggest tour to date. The tour saw over 50,000 fans filling sold out arenas across the country. Hilltop Hoods will return to the stage to play Splendour in the Grass later this month, in what is sure to be one of the most highly anticipated performances of the festival. After that, the group will be heading off on an extensive tour across Europe, where they’ll be treating their horde of OS fans to the best of their back catalogue, while road testing new material including ‘Clark Griswold’.

2016 DRINKING FROM THE SUN WALKING UNDER STARS RESTRUNG
1x Platinum status, ARIA #1

2014 WALKING UNDER STARS
2x Platinum status, ARIA #1

2012 DRINKING FROM THE SUN
2x Platinum status, ARIA #1

2009 STATE OF THE ART
2x Platinum status, ARIA #1

2007 THE HARD ROAD RESTRUNG
Gold status

2006 THE HARD ROAD
Platinum status, ARIA # 1

2003 THE CALLING
Platinum status

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