On a stormy night in Adelaide, we took shelter at The Producers Bar where both young and old could keep warm with the delights of beer, dancing and live music. Sydney's Philadelphia Grand Jury returned to Adelaide to play to adoring fans, sharing the stage with supports from Adelaide's The New Yorks and Coy Carp with interval DJ sets from Bad//Dreems.
First up were the recently formed Coy Carp, who were playing their second ever show featuring former members from The Keepsakes. Despite only being their second gig, the group was filled with talented musicians and it felt like they had been playing together for years. Coy Carp had a very unique sound, drawing on elements from a wide variety of genres including, folk, punk and rock. Their set was filled with guitar heavy slow burners, with huge instrumental breakdowns and lyrics filled with sarcastic angst found in punk bands (about being broke and feeling lost). Since forming recently, it was a fairly short set from the band. They asked the crowd if they wanted to hear any covers, but ended up playing a couple of their own originals that they were still working on.
After a long break between bands, The New Yorks came on stage and immediately drew in a crowd with their amazing stage presence. A huge stand out from the group was the strong vocals from Vinnie Barbaro, which instantly had me drawing similarities to British pop groups such as The Kooks or Circa Waves. The group managed to inspire so much energy in the crowd, with a bunch of younger punters dancing by the front of the stage to their mixture of indie pop-rock. The group shifted through upbeat tracks, including Ridiculous which featured funky, guitar riffs and waves of groovy bass. The New Yorks finished with their recently released single New Age, which is the first taste of their upcoming EP Heads of Tales; an infectious indie track filled with heavy guitar riffs and more mature, husky vocals.
If you haven't seen Philadelphia Grand Jury live before, the group are infamous for their hilarious pre-recorded banter that they play in between songs. They hilariously protested their distaste for amateurs and were excited to see the level of professionalism that Adelaide shows. The group didn't have to work hard to hold the crowd's attention, with the whole audience singing along to their songs - however, Philadelphia Grand Jury delivered a set filled with amazing stage presence, so much energy and charisma. The group shifted through their 2015 album Summer Of Doom, with tracks such as Spend More Time With You and Chris Is In A Jam resonating with the crowd. The crowd also sang along to popular old favourites like Going To The Casino, Growing Up Alone and ultimate crowd pleaser, I Don't Want To Party. Overall, Philadelphia Grand Jury delivered an amazing set that was appreciated by all the fans who had packed out the venue.
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