The Gadjits

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The Gadjits
OriginKansas City, Missouri, USA
GenresSka punk, rock and roll
Years active1997–2004
LabelsJoco Ska, Epitaph Records, Hellcat Records, Thick Records, Anodyne Records
Associated actsThe Architects
The Anniversary
Past membersBrandon Phillips
Zach Phillips
Adam Phillips
Heidi Blobaum
Hilary Allen
Ehren Starks
Mike Alexander
Adrianne Verhoven

The Gadjits were a ska and rock and roll band from Kansas City, Missouri. Their sound was influenced by The Clash, The Who, AC/DC, Elvis Costello, The Stooges, and The Rolling Stones.


Brandon, Zach, and Adam Phillips come from an artistic family, their father was a jazz musician and their mother an art teacher.[1] The brothers started by playing AC/DC covers, but moved on to original songs and a broader range of influences.[1] The group was formed in 1991 when 14-year-old Brandon led his younger brothers Zach and Adam into a seedy bar in Kansas City to play their first gig to the small crowd of locals.

The band released the debut album, Da Gravy on Yo' Grits, on their own JoCo Ska label.[1] They went on to perform support slots for the Skatalites, Rancid (band) and Let's Go Bowling.[1] Heidi Blobaum joined on keyboards, replaced a year later by Hillary Allen.[1]

At Ease was released in 1998 on Epitaph Records after attracting the attention of Tim Armstrong of Rancid (band).[1][2] The Gadjits appeared on the Vans Warped Tour later that summer.[1]

Wish We Never Met was released in 1999 on Hellcat Records.[2][3]

Today Is My Day was released in 2002 on Thick Records. Featuring Brandon Phillips (vocals, guitar); Zach Phillips (vocals, bass); Mike Alexander (guitar); Hilary Allen (Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Adam Phillips (drums).

The Architects[edit]

In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist and a new band, The Architects, was formed.


Full-length albums[edit]

  • Da Gravy On Yo Grits (JoCo Ska, 1997)
  • At Ease (Hellcat Records, 1999)
  • Wish We Never Met (Hellcat Records, 2001)
  • Today Is My Day (Thick Records, 2002)
  • Our Time To..." (RCA Records, 2003) (left unreleased due to band being dropped by RCA)

Singles, EPs and split releases[edit]

  • Yes I Are (VMS Records, 2001)
  • Someday Driver (Thick Records, 2001)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 'Gangster Girl' and 'Sassy' on the 'Skank For Brains - Saturday Matinee' compilation (Beach Records)
  • 'Beautiful Girl' on the 'Give 'Em The Boot' compilation (Hellcat Records, 1997)
  • 'Bad Gadjit' on the 'Give 'Em The Boot Vol. II' compilation (Hellcat Records, 1999)
  • 'One Stones Throw (From A Riot)' on the 'Give 'Em The Boot Vol. III' compilation (Hellcat Records, 2002)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ankeny, Jason "The Gadjits Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  2. ^ a b Hensley, J.J. (2000) "The Gadjits", The Pitch, June 1, 2000. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  3. ^ Himes, Geoffret (1999) "THE GADJITS "Wish We Never Met" Hellcat", Washington Post, December 17, 1999, p. 7. Retrieved November 21, 2018

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