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The Gadjits


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The Gadjits were a mix between rocksteady and modern punk rock, fitting into the 3rd-wave ska genre with such bands as Reel Big Fish and Mad Caddies. The band released their first demo in 1995 on JoCo Ska Records, then encountered some issues when their debut 1996 full-length, Da Gravy On Yo Grits, was released by the same label as a bootleg, causing the band to not receive royalties and therefor boycott their own release. Following this and a handful of EPs and compilation appearances, they released At Ease on Epitaph Records (Hellcat Records for vinyl) in 1998, followed by 1999’s Wish We Never Met on Hellcat. They were then picked up by THICK Records, at which point they released 2001’s Yes I Are EP (VMS Records), 2001’s Someday Driver EP, and 2002’s Today is My Day. In 2003 they were signed and then subsequently dropped by RCA Records, but not before recording a session titled Our Time To… that remains unreleased. It was at this point that the band began to morph into what has now become known as The Architects, though they didn’t officially take the moniker until 2004. The brothers Phillips can be seen often playing in their reggae, ska and rocksteady cover band The Sex Police along with an ever-revolving cast of area music alumni such as Mike Walker (Olympic Size, Doris Henson), David Gaume (aerialuxe, The Stella Link), Jimmy Sullivan (30 Minute Recess), Rob Veatch (Parlay, The Hearers), among others.

The core lineup of the band:
Brandon Phillips - guitar, lead vocals
Zach Phillips - bass, lead vocals
Adam Phillips - percussions


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  • spacecowboyian

    The real shame is that people can't deal with the evolution of a band. The Gadjits were good, they got better and now they kick ass as The Architects. My favorite Gadjits album is Today is My Day because it reminds me of how pumped I was the first time I saw the rock and roll Gadjits and how much sheer explosive energy they had/have on stage.

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Elementree1

    PEOPLE OF THE WORLD!! If you like The Gadjits and Rock/Reggae/Dancehall/Ska with a concious message please check out our music. We are a fresh new band out of Cincinnati Ohio, genre bending music and a message that must be heard. Our last fm page is: Our myspace page is: Feel our music

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LostInGarbage2

    yeaahh!!! cool scarf! Spartak Moscow Ole-Ole-Ole! ))))

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • johnnytwotone

    Good ska band. Not so good at anything else.

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • coffeeandcookie

    Shame the Architects aren't as good, eh?

    21 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Dalkaveli

    All I have is At Ease which is quite good. Which ones blow ass? The last 2 releases?

    16 Feb 2007 Reply
  • _feminazi

    this is the best fucking band in the world. i hate the direction they've taken.

    8 Jan 2007 Reply
  • trash60

    why'd they have to start sucking?

    11 Nov 2006 Reply

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