This month, the Philadelphia Grand Jury officially made their return, releasing their sophomore album, Summer of Doom. An album that almost wasn't even made but spurred on following the overwhelmingly positive response to their small run of shows around Australia in 2014, the record arguably has the trio at their refreshed best. It would seem that time away does help heal. Ahead of the album's release, MC Bad Genius and Dan W Sweat dropped by AU HQ in Sydney to chat about getting back together, working out of Berkfinger's studio in Berlin and their upcoming national tour.
After an incredible year of new Australian music in 2014, we have an incredible array of records in the pipeline for the new year. Some are from bands who we've been waiting to hear from again for years... some for the first time... others are continuously pumping out incredible music and we have no desire for them to stop! In no particular order, here are the fifteen Australian albums (some confirmed, some still to be...) that we can't wait for (or at the very least are hoping for...) in 2015:
If you were at any of the Feelings shows late last year, you'll remember how hectic they became. With the Philadelphia Grand Jury performing as well, you essentially got two sets by the same band and the result was a glorious, sweaty affair. While the tour did some great things for Berkfinger's solo work as Feelings, having the original Philly Jays line up back on stage for that brief run of shows ignited something again with the fans and obviously, with the band, as now they have announced they're getting back together for a new run of shows and a new album!
The Philadelphia Grand Jury were resurrected and put on a show alongside Feelings and The Creases in Adelaide and what a night it was! Our photographer John Goodridge was there in the mosh to bring capture the madness.
When Feelings played the Rhino Room a few months ago, it was doubly special because punters were seeing the original Philadelphia Grand Jury line up on stage once more. It ended up being a show which Philly Jays songs brought back to life, as well as getting us revved up over Berkfinger's latest material and now, in November, Adelaide's got the boys back in town for a special "Feelings v Philadelphia Grand Jury" gig.
Next week, Australian audiences are going to experience 'all the feels' (hur hur) when Feelings take new album Be Kind, Unwind to venues in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney. Backed up by The Creases, the tour will also see the mighty return of Philadelphia Grand Jury. I chat with Berkfinger, the man leading both Feelings and the Philly Jays to see how things have been since we last caught up and how he's anticipating the upcoming tour.
After a run of shows over the past few months that brought about a huge response from fans of the Philadelphia Grand Jury, a tour has been announced that will see the original lineup back on the road!
The second day of BIGSOUND was technically the first day of the traditional conference program and marked the beginning of the frenzied meetings, interviews and water cooler conversations. Ironically, most of the conference tends to happen outside of the official conference - it is incredibly convenient to have the country's industry professionals all in the one building. So as managers, promoters, bands, journalists and others ducked out to the nearby pubs and cafes for a quick chat with each other, the main official program charged ahead.
Ahead of his BIGSOUND appearance, ex-Philadelphia Grand Jury frontman Simon Berkfinger AKA Feelings talked to us about playing extended drum solos in a parking lot at one of the very first BIGSOUND events, how overseas festivals compare to BIGSOUND, and the Feelings lineup which is sure to delight both old and new fans of Simon Berkfinger.
Like A Version is the name of the covers segment brought to you every week by Triple J. The premise of the show is that an artist or band will drop by to perform live in the studio their interpretation of someone else’s song. It's a bold and brash take on cover versions that this hard to please reviewer was lucky enough to experience and to be absolutely honest I believe that the shows' hosts, Tom and Alex, said it best when describing the release of this anthology, spanning the years 2005-2009.
Never before has Traralgon’s Saloon Bar seen so much energy on a Tuesday night. Punters flocked to the local watering hole to catch brilliant sets from Philadelphia Grand Jury and Bluejuice, part of their nation wide “Sizzling 2011″ tour.