Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


band members

Simon Berckelman - guitar, vocals MC Bad Genius - bass, piano, synths Dan Sweat - drumset


Influences

Talking Heads, John Lennon, Kate Bush, Aldous Harding, Pere Ubu


Unearthed artists we like

Nick Nuisance & The Delinquents


Bio

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 the 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.

In 2015, after years 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 splits his time between Art Vs Science, Thelma Plum and Maddy Jane. Singer Simon Berkfinger has been engineering and producing for acts including The Internet, Lime Cordiale and Boy and Bear. MC Bad Genius just does his thing and plays bass, guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocals and sometimes an AKAI MPC 1000 drum machine.

A bunch of fresh singles and a new album are due for release over the next 12 months, all of which they’ve been recording at their custom-built Golden Retriever Studio in Marrickville, Sydney.

The new single "Nervous Breakdown" sees them venture further into the freak-pop of Summer of Doom but lays on the hooks thick and heavy and comes in somewhere around the 2 minute mark. You can catch Philadelphia Grand Jury touring all through Australia this October and beyond!

Unearthed in 2009

Big Day Out

14 Nov 2008

Winner

Philadelphia Grand Jury

Philadelphia Grand Jury

Congratulations to our 2009 Big Day Out winners!


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Review

Review by Ilai Swindells Ilai Swindells

13 Aug 2020

Triple J
35

Hell raising trouble now I like it aloooooottttt. Defs giving me those coming of age montage filmic tingles.

Hell raising trouble now I like it aloooooottttt. Defs giving me those coming of age montage filmic tingles.

Review

Review by Lucy Smith Lucy Smith

23 Jul 2020

Triple J
35

I can see this soundtracking the opening sequence for a clumsy, loveable lead character. You feel me?

I can see this soundtracking the opening sequence for a clumsy, loveable lead character. You feel me?

Review

Review by Dan Condon Dan Condon

16 Jul 2020

Triple J
40

You've no shortage of catchy songs, but geez this one might be the most addictive earworm of them all.

You've no shortage of catchy songs, but geez this one might be the most addictive earworm of them all.