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The Gadjits

Brandon Phillips Guitar, Vocals 

Adam Phillips Drums and Percussions 

Zach Phillips Bass, Vocals 

Heidi Blobaum Keys, Backing Vocals 

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The Gadjits

In our last episode we went over in great detail just what exactly Kansas City's The Gadjits are. To quickly refresh your memory let's recap. The Gadjits are: 1-foppish mod-kid songwriter. 1-fifteen year-old drummer who blends his Sly and Robbie with the anarchic savoir fare of Keith Moon. 1-of those rare bass players who writes, sings and plays with perfect balance of heart and head. 1-keyboard player whose presence both on record and stage is like that of Cyndi Lauper and Steve Nieve's love child. These four characters released "At Ease" last year to a resounding, "the ska market is flooded with lame bands so we have no time for you." The Gadjits are undeterred.

In a desert rife with ska bands suffering or about to suffer a major sophomore slump, The Gadjits are a cool glass of lemonade. Rather than practice upon the popular inexperience with droning horn lines, goofy gimmicks or cock-rock buffooning, The Gadjits actually write songs. The fruits of their labor of the past months can be found on their latest Hellcat release, "Wish We Never Met," fourteen songs boiling with urgency. Thee churning garage-ska of 'Somebody's Wife' wrestles with (foppish mod) Brandon's headstrong lyrical plea to be heard. (Awesome bassist) Zach's nonsense-free anthems of tell it like it is teen angst, love and frustration are set to backgrounds of ten thousand seat sixties rock, (Bad Gadjit) mid-seventies scratchy reggae (Angel and a Devil), and this year's stomp that would make Elvis proud. Pointed songwriting honed to a razor's edge by ace face producers Victor Ruggerio (The Slackers) and Victor Rice (Scofflaws/NY Ska-Jazz Ensemble).

The Gadjits do rock, but not by design. They rock from the heart on out. It's no surprise that many...



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