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Album Review

This album seems a far cry from the Gadjits' earlier third wave ska revival music. In a lot of ways, one could say that the Gadjits have just jumped from one trend to another, changing in their checkered black-and-white shoes and suspenders for the messy haircuts and old t-shirts of the rock resurgence being offered up from acts like the White Stripes and the Strokes. However, there are extreme differences between those acts and the Gadjits. While all the acts are comprised of young individuals, the Gadjits' sound is more along the line of a blues and roots sound, as opposed to the Detroit sound of the White Stripes and the Television, Patti Smith-esque tunes that the Strokes spit out. That being said, with the harmonica here, the loud drums there, and the keyboards and Hammond and rhodes, as well as the song "Talkin' Bout My Demographic," there was a definite blast-from-the-past feel. It was as though there was an alternate dimension where John Mellencamp was just John Cougar, Danny Bonaduce (the Partridge Family) was a couple decades away from co-hosting The Other Half, and the Counting Crows had somehow traveled back in time to join them. Almost as if they all got together and recorded a secret studio session that very few will care about, with the exception of the folks at Austin City Limits. And on that stage, any second the Gadjits will be yellin' out, "Come on now!" and banging away on their respective instruments. No doubt with some deserved success, yet not without alienating many of their earlier fans and alluding all those whose taste in rock revivalism is non-existent.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Kansas City, Missouri-based ska revival band the Gadjits was essentially a vehicle for the three Phillips brothers: vocalist/guitarist Brandon, bassist Zach and drummer Adam. The sons of a jazz musician and his art teacher wife, the siblings played music together from early childhood onward -- originally an AC/DC cover band, in time they began incorporating elements of punk, ska, reggae and swing into their sound, soon beginning to write their own material as well. The Gadjits' debut LP, Da Gravy...
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