All throughout my high school “career,” I have been urged to follow the “K.I.S.S” principal. While this doesn’t work so well for the world’s most complex geography assignment or the English essay from hell, it can work wonders when used in rock music. Philadelphia Grand Jury’s Going to the Casino EP is definetly an example of this.
Three of the four tracks on the EP could be singles and even the experimental B-side doesn’t overstay its welcome. All of the songs on the album go for less than three minutes and are so catchy you’ll have to have them surgically removed from your head.
The EP begins with a scream. Literally. Going to the Casino, has been all over radio and TV and there is a very good reason why. It’s so damn catchy. The simple lyrics begin as a fun ode to gambling and soon turn into a post-break up song. It sounds crazy, but that’s part of the band’s appeal.
Ready To Roll is a frantic straight out rock songs that the likes of Jet would be very jealous of. Perhaps it’s for this reason that it is the most unremarkable track on the EP. It isn’t exactly forgettable, but it isn’t anything to write home about either.
I’m Going To Kill You is the creepiest ode to killing an ex-girlfriend I have ever heard. Musically it errs on the mod side of things with its backing vocals and catchy melody which almost disguises the true nature of the lyrics. It’s fair to say that this is the EP’s standout track.
Pitch Shifter Blues is the only real B-side on the EP. It is the most experiemental track on the EP with droney, swampy guitars and distorted vocals.
Overall, Going To The Casino is a fun little EP that will give you your three minute pop song fix. Althogh the Philly Jays aren’t re-inventing the wheel, what’s the point of inventing someting that’s already around.