“’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’.