For most of us, when we have a crazy, harebrained idea, we entertain it for a few minutes, have a quiet giggle to ourselves, and put it to bed. When Philadelphia Grand Jury have one, they actually attempt it.
Whether they’re launching their debut album by playing shows around Sydney on the back of a track, recording in an unfinished business site, or hosting a listening party for their second album on a bus, the Philly Jays are doers.
For their next trick, the band will be embarking on a national concept tour which will see them taking their world-renowned crowd interaction chops to the next level in intimate venues around the country.
This May and June, the Philly Jays will be turning beloved venues into makeshift karaoke bars, inviting fans to get up on stage to join the band in singing their favourite Philly Jays songs and a few karaoke classics as well. To celebrate the tour the guys have curated a list of iconic Aussie karaoke bangers check ’em below and add ’em to your repertoire.
The Saints – ‘Stranded’
If Ed Kuepper can do it, so can you!
Frente! – ‘Accidentally Kelly Street’
No explanation required, set them up and watch them go.
John Paul Young – ‘Love Is In The Air’
I have sung this in dicey karaoke joints the world over and it never fails. A real show stopper.
Spiderbait – ‘Buy Me A Pony’
People will lose their shit if you throw down with this… it’s like the Australian ‘Sabotage’.
Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave – ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’
Get ya duet on!
Paul Kelly – ‘How To Make Gravy’
OMG I’m bawling already.
Rowland S Howard – ‘Shivers’
A beautiful song he wrote as a teen, which has been murdered by many artists. Maybe you could be the next??
The Cruel Sea – ‘Honeymoon Is Over’
I got a boy crush on Tex. Tricky key to nail but if you can get there, the payoff is worth it. P.S. I think this video was made by someone who was simply filming their TV. Respect.
The Go Betweens – ‘Surfing Magazines’
Fun fun fun.
Natalie Imbruglia – ‘Torn’
End the night just right with the best song ever! I met her once, she was very short and very nice.
PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Friday, 27th May 2016
The Brightside, Brisbane
Friday, 3rd June 2016
Transit Bar, Canberra
Saturday, 4th June 2016
Jimmy’s Den, Perth
Friday, 10th June 2016
Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
Tickets: Brighton Up Bar
Saturday, 11th June 2016
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
Tickets: Yah Yah’s