This was not the Good News the Philly Jays were known for. Rumours had it they broke up after MC Bad Genius, contrary to popular belief did indeed want to party (party), whilst Berkfinger had spent too much of the bands money Going to the Casino (tomorrow night).
Puns aside, one of my favourite Australian bands ever, Philadelphia Grand Jury (aka the Philly Jays), called it quits after only releasing one absolutely awesome Aussie rock album, Hope is for Hopers. It pains me to think that MC Bad Genius, Berkfinger and their various assortment of drummers responsible for producing the song I wake up to every morning, ‘The Good News’ are no more.
For those who never had the pleasure of seeing the Philly Jays live, they missed out on one of the most intense and energetic live shows Australia has ever seen. I doubt we will ever see a band that spends half their shows singing in the crowd, has their bassist do ‘evil eyes’ anywhere near the standard that MC Bad Genius set, and after it all will actually go and have a beer with all their fans at the bar.
Hope is for Hopers was easily by favourite album of 2009. It was fast, it was clever, and it made you want to party on a Lindsay Lohan scale. Every listen was like riding a roller-coaster, and not a crappy Luna Park roller-coaster. We’re talking one of the fastest, biggest and scariest roller-coasters like ‘The Nemesis’ (arguably the worlds best roller coaster – google it). It had so many good songs, “I don’t wanna party (party)”, “The Good News”, “Growing Up Alone”, “Going to the Casino (Tomorrow Night)” just to name a few.
I’m sure that both MC Bad Genius and Berkfinger will rise like phoenixes from the ashes with some awesome new band or solo projects (that’s what I keep telling myself), that will help fill the void left by the bands break up. Until then and as a tribute to the Philly Jays, I leave you guys with a clip for “I Don’t Wanna Party” put together from fans personal videos from the their hectic show at Oxford Art Factory last year.