In late 2009, Philadelphia Grand Jury were at the top of their game, fresh off the release of a debut album that cemented themselves as one of Sydney’s most exciting bands. Simultaneously, the venue that afforded them a foot in the door at the very beginning – Sydney’s Hopetoun Hotel – abruptly closed up shop.
To celebrate the release of The Songs of Adam Gibson, a new compilation from Coolin’ By Sound that memorialises the work of one of Australia’s finest, yet most under-appreciated songwriters, we had the Sydney wordsmith walk us through the album and reflect on each highlight from his sprawling 20+ year history.
Akin to a warm hug, Bananagun’s debut album The True Story of Banangun is a record that screams with relaxed mindfulness; a soul-searcher laden with afrobeat precision. A few days on from its release, bandleader Nick Van Bakel has carried us downstream and provided his insights on the album track by track.