|By the time Philadelphia Grand Jury come back to Australia in November for the ‘Save Our Town’ tour they will have spent the 6 months prior to that doing the following: living and recording in London; setting up a studio; they will have crossed the USA no less than 3 times; played over 50 dates in the UK; toured South Africa; and even ducked back to Australia to play the main stage at Splendour in the Grass.|
Now the Philly Jays are set to release their newly recorded single ‘Save our Town’. The track will be side A on a limited edition seven inch vinyl release, which will also feature as a B side the newly recorded version of a live crowd favourite – the punk cover version of Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’.
Currently in the middle of a 35 date UK tour, the band recorded the two tracks as part of a larger recording campaign, which will see tracks released through other projects later in the year, as well as new material that will form the basis of a second album. The tracks were produced in their own studio called Safety Second – which the band set up themselves in Bermondsey (South London) – by lead singer/guitarist Berkfinger (who has also worked on records for Sarah Blasko, Art vs Science, Wolfmother, Temper Trap). They will also appear as one part of a much larger bonus package of tracks on the ‘Hope Is For The Hopeless’ LP – which is a two disc deluxe edition of the band’s debut album ‘Hope Is For Hopers’.
‘Hope Is For Hopers’, released in September 2009, was nominated for the Triple J Album Of The Year Award, peaked in the top 40 and was Triple J feature album. Pretty good for a self-recorded self-released album made for a budget of less than $3,000, throughout relatives’ basements and lounge rooms all over the country and finished it whilst on the road. It spawned underground hit singles ‘Going To The Casino’, ‘The Good News’, ‘Ready To Roll’, and crossover party anthem ‘I Don’t Want To Party (Party)’.
The re-packaged deluxe edition ‘Hope Is For The Hopeless’ sees the ever-prolific Philadelphia Grand Jury giving as good as they get and taking bonus features to the extreme. The original ‘Hope Is For Hopers’ consisted of 12 tracks. ‘Hope Is For The Hopeless’ features the full LP, plus the two never heard before tracks, plus 8 other bonus tracks and B sides from previous seven inch singles. This makes it a 21 track album. And it also includes a special live DVD featuring the band playing in true ‘on the level’ punk style at a Brisbane house party, as well as a fold-out poster.
Philadelphia Grand Jury hit the road for 26 dates of the ‘Save Our Town’ tour starting November 4th for their biggest tour to date. They bring with them young punk upstarts Howl, as well as uber-pleasant indie kids Bearhug, who have just come off supports with Broken Social Scene.
In case you have not seen them play live, Philadelphia Grand Jury are literally explosive on stage. Their only secret is to write great songs and play them like it’s their last show ever. Every. Single. Time
4 Nov Republic Bar & Cafe TAS – Buy Tickets Here
5 Nov Hotel New York TAS
6 Nov The Corner Hotel VIC
11 Nov Hotel Gearin NSW
12 Nov Cambridge Hotel NSW – Buy Tickets Here
13 Nov Metro Theatre NSW
18 Nov Beach Hotel NSW
19 Nov The Hi-Fi QLD
25 Nov Beachcomber Hotel NSW
26 Nov ANU Bar ACT
28 Nov Fitzroy Hotel NSW
1 Dec High Road Hotel WA – Buy Tickets Here
2 Dec Prince of Wales Hotel WA – Buy Tickets Here
3 Dec Capitol WA – Buy Tickets Here
4 Dec Settlers Tavern WA – Buy Tickets Here
5 Dec Newport Hotel, WA – Buy Tickets Here
8 Dec Level One Nightclub (The Bended Elbow) VIC
9 Dec Karova Lounge VIC
10 Dec Governor Hindmarsh Hotel SA – Buy Tickets Here
11 Dec Sandbar Winebar VIC
16 Dec Caringbah Bizzos NSW
17 Dec Mona Vale Hotel NSW – Buy Tickets Here
18 Dec The Grand Hotel NSW – Buy Tickets Here
– Philadelphia Grand Jury