The Whitlams to perform Eternal Nightcap in Byron

IT'S BEEN 12 years since The Whitlams released their classic breakthrough album Eternal Nightcap.

The album not only achieved critical acclaim but was a huge commercial success - becoming the biggest selling independent album in Australian history.

It led to them winning Best Group at the 1998 ARIA Awards and being voted number 27 in ABC TV's vote for the nation's favourite 100 albums of all time.

The Whitlams will perform Eternal Nightcap in its entirety, followed by a set of other favourites tomorrow night at The Great Northern in Byron Bay.

Eternal Nightcap was The Whitlams third album and its release was the start of the band making any meant I didn't have to be a lawyer or journalist,” singer and co-founder, Tim Freedman said.

Tim had been playing the piano since he was five.

He grew up on Sydney's North Shore and attended the prestigious Shore School in North Sydney.

He was studying law at university when The Whitlams started playing around Newtown in 1992.

They performed acoustically on Saturday afternoons at the Sandringham Hotel in King Street, Newtown

“Playing piano and singing in a band was a nice distraction from the rigours of studying law,” he said.

“At first The Whitlams only played in Sydney but then we turned into an old fashioned touring band.

“We would get in the Kingswood and head out of the city, often to Byron Bay.”

The first gig they played outside Sydney was at The Rails in 1993.

By 1996, the band was enjoying the success of the single I Make Hamburgers after releasing two albums when co-founding member Stevie Plunder was found dead from what was reported to be an act of suicide.

After a break of several months, Tim Freedman reformed the band and the process of recording Eternal Nightcap began.

The album would go on to sell more than 200,000 units.

“We haven't played songs from Eternal Nightcap for a long time - crowds always enjoy hearing the songs so we thought we would play it in whole in Byron,” Tim said. “Byron's one of those places for us, The Whitlams must have played it at least 50's always good to get back there.”

The current line-up of The Whitlams has remained unchanged for the last eight years and five albums, and consists of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick Hornby on bass guitar and Terepai Richmond on drums.

The band will play The Great Northern Hotel, tomorrow night. Tickets $29.75. Doors open 8pm.

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