“Exuberant, noisy and melodic in equal measure — and as much sheer entertainment as ever. Which is to say, brilliant.” - Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
Philadelphia Grand Jury have gotten the party started at hundreds of chaotic and beautiful shows across 4 continents, in more cities than anyone can count - from Patti Smith’s basement to back of a flat-bed truck, under the stars of the South African desert, on rooftops and all the way to the main stage of Splendour in the Grass.
First introduced to the world via a string of impossibly catchy singles that quickly became radio staples and soundtracked shows like Entourage, Suits and Workaholics, the Philly Jays released their much-loved debut album “Hope Is For Hopers” and won a bunch of awards that somehow got lost in their move to the other side of the world. After a bunch of bust-ups, break-ups and make-ups, the guys decided to give each other another chance, testing the waters in Berkfinger’s adopted home of Berlin, recording their pretty damn-weird LP Summer Of Doom. They liked it so much that Berkfinger put his life in a shipping container and relocated back to their hometown of Sydney to plot the proper return of Philadelphia Grand Jury.
Original drummer Dan W Sweat has been well and truly stolen back from Art Vs Science, although part of the deal is that he has to be shared with Thelma Plum and Maddy Jane. Berkfinger has been engineering and producing for acts including The Internet (Hive Mind), Lime Cordiale (forthcoming record) and his favourite local band Sunscreen. MC Bad Genius was, is and always will be.
A bunch of singles and a new album are due for release over the next year, all of which they’ve been recording at Golden Retriever Studio, which they just spent 2 years building literally from the dirt up.
The new single “$10k” sees the band return to their hooky roots and blends their of love B52s and New Wave with some crunchy modern production courtesy of a drum set stolen from A$AP Rocky’s touring setup.