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Forget haircuts, forget NME, forget your ex‐girlfriend ‐ this is Philadelphia Grand Jury. All grit and all heart, MC Bad Genius and Berkfinger's brand of Independent Punk Soul is painfully honest and heavily based in melody. Joined by an array of completely mental drummers over the years, the one thing that will never change is that if you go to see the Philadelphia Grand Jury show, you will definitely come back for another. In an age where everything is plastic and you have to pay to take a piss, these guys are real and no bullsh*t. The Philadelphia Grand Jury model is simple: own your own means of production and never compromise. If someone tells you how to make your music, they are probably from a record label and they probably won't have a job next year. “If the record label had a nose we would punch it in”. Philadelphia Grand Jury make and release their own records, on their own terms, scraping together whatever tools they can find, and they aren't leaving until you pay attention.
PHILAPELPHIA GRAND JURY has won our Sydney leg of the BDO with their big energy retro rock. Having only been around for less than a year, they are already renowned for their live shows so make sure you get there early to check them out!
Tell us about your music and how you formed?
MC Bad Genius (Bass/Keys/Gtr) met Dan W. Sweat (Drums) when he was the DJ/MC at Sweats' parents 25th wedding anniversary. They bonded over Kool Aid and Tequila and decided to form a band that was all things INDIE, PUNK and SOUL. Berkfinger was the studio engineer at the fledgling group's very first recording session and by the end of the 12 hour booking had asserted himself as their frontman. Fast forward almost one year and they are a real band playing shows and getting spun on JJJ!
What can the audience expect from you at the Big Day Out?
And your name - tell us about that.
The group is named after the first song on the Fiery Furnaces album "Widow City". Berkfinger likes the way the drums sound and is currently infatuated with their lead singer Eleanor.
Who are you looking forward to at the festival?
Is Neil Young playing or something?
What's coming up in the future?
Berkfinger is going to the dentist ASAP as he always scratches his teeth on the microphone. Oh yeah and we are putting out 3 different coloured 7 inch vinyl singles over the coming year. And probably 100 concerts, maybe more.
Australian music is?
Not as crazy as this Japanese film I am watching.View Profile Hide Interview