Australia is shipping us more musical goodness thanks to Philadelphia Grand Jury. Two childhood friends, Berkfinger and MC Bad Genius, add some 20 years and one observes a strange, tedious and sometimes very complicated relationship that always manages to somehow end up in a smart and ruff pop song.
The band caught the ears of the UK record label Too Pure Records (Beggars Group) who decided to help expose the band beyond their home country of Australia. To do this, Too Pure will release "The Good News" in 7-inch single form this May. Which is good news indeed since the song is will go down in history as the most played independent single on Australian radio.
Check out a track "Going To The Casino (Tomorrow Night)" MP3 and with just a little bit of luck (they are gambling men after all), it will not be long until the Philadelphia Grand Jury become household names all over the world.
Be sure to check out the band this March at the South By Southwest festival this March followed up by a full-blown UK tour in the spring.
Berkfinger hadn't seen Bad Genius for 6 years when one day last year the curious bearded fellow just strolled into one of his solo shows with a bass and plugged himself right back into the singer's life. From there, these two childhood buddies - and a rotating ensemble of drummers - have been writing, recording and touring their own indie punk soul hits around the country and winning fans everywhere they go.
2009 was a busy year for The Philly Jays (as their fans affectionately refer to them as).Yet even amidst relentless touring they managed to squeeze out a self-produced, self-engineered and self-released hit EP on their own label called Normal People Making Hits, which remained in the top 10 of the independent charts for months after its Australian release. Similarly on the release their debut album Hope Is For Hopers, which went to number 1 on the charts. They were also handpicked by Kasabian & Franz Ferdinand to support them and became one of the most played artists on Australian radio.
Live is where the band really captures their audience. They donít need a good PA, a crowd of their own or even a drummer of their own to turn every head by the end of their action packed, show-stealing set. Drum Media even cited them as "a band you must see before you die".