The Philistines Jr. have always been a tricky band to describe. Championed by the likes of John Peel while dismissed by many as goofballs, their home recorded brand of indie rock was defined by its odd combinations of production and songwriting styles: hifi and lofi, acoustic and electronic, jokey but ever melancholy.
Started in the late 1980s by brothers, Peter and Tarquin Katis, the group remained active up until the early 2000s when Peter’s producing pursuits (Interpol, TheNational, Kurt Vile, Frightened Rabbit, Death Cab for Cutie, Japandroids, Stars, Jónsi , The Head and the Heart, etc.) and some side projects (The Zambonis, The Happiest Guys In The World, The Pork Guys, etc.) resulted in an unplanned hiatus. In 2010, the band resurfaced with the unexpected “If a band plays in the woods…?” LP with an updated take on their songs and sounds. Now in 2019 with the help of some new friends and their own actual children, The Philistines Jr. have made a new album with the usual meandering instrumentals, occasional sing alongs, inscrutable lyrics and production as ambitious as ever. Titled “HELP!”, the record is the band's abstract take on trying to understand and participate in today’s confusing world of music, art, politics and plain old day to day life.