1997 – 2004 (7 years)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
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
past members for both The Gadjits and the early years of The Architects:
Heidi Blobaum - keyboard
Hilary Allen - keys/organ, backup vox
Ehren Starks (The Belles, The Roseline) - keyboard
Adrianne Verhoven (The Anniversary, Dri) - keyboard
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