Local scene veterans Bong Hits For Jesus, named after the slogan on a banner in Supreme Court free speech case Morse vs. Frederick, are determined to use their rights as adults to make up for the limitation set on student speech in that case by supporting marijuana use as much as possible everywhere. Their first music video, appropriately released on 4/20, is no exception. The anthemic “You Tried It Up The Street” is something of a mission statement for the band, stating their various influences in each verse and using the chorus to emphatically proclaim that they’re the only ones really blending them together properly, seemingly crediting their drug use with the creative inspiration to do so. The video was shot in various locations around Philadelphia, beginning at Creep Records in the Piazza, notable for being the only record store in the city that also features a head shop. Frontman Stephen Rose is wearing one of their t-shirts throughout most of the video as a loner, disappointed with his digital music, checks out the reggae section at the shop, follows Rose and eventually ends up leaving a Bong Hits show at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street with two women. Some of the dancing footage is really incredible and captures the essence of the band’s live show: it’s a party with a little something for everyone.
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC