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GRADE 2 NEW VIDEO AND TOUR NEWS

UK punk band Grade 2 share a rebellious new single and accompanying music video titled “Doing Time.” 

The straightforward thrasher is complete with an angsty shout-along hook and rhetoric condemning the mundanities of the corporate nine-to-five. Correlated to a life behind bars, the band effectively uses poignant lyrics such as “I’m just a number in the system with a lifetime parole...”

The perfect addition to your skate soundtrack and an anthem to punk fans of all generations, the song is for anyone with a general disdain for the corporate world. The band adds, “Tongue in cheek, but delivered like a punch to the gut, “Doing Time” is our response to the dead end, 9 to 5 rat race.”

United by a love of old-school punk, ska and oi, childhood friends Sid Ryan (vocals, bass), Jacob Hull (drums) and Jack Chatfield (guitar, vocals) formed the band at 14, honing their craft playing Clash and Jam covers before refining their own sound and songs. A European tour supporting Stomper 98 brought admiration and friendship from Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen, leading to introductions and the eventual signing to Rancid cohort Tim Armstrong’s legendary Hellcat Records in 2018.

Melding the near-mythical musical heritage of their native Isle of Wight with the humdrum reality of growing up in a tired seaside town, Grade 2 spit out blistering punk music laced with passion, angst, humor and despair. Fueled by a desire to be heard yet constrained by an ethos unsuited to daytime radio, Grade 2 ply their craft on the road, joining the likes of Dropkick Murphy’s, The Interrupters and Social Distortion to play their songs to fervent audiences around the world. Their stark authenticity, thunderous live performances and exceptional musicianship have garnered praise across the hardcore punk fanbase. Grade 2 are a band to be seen.

Grade 2 will be playing a handful of UK shows in March 2023, please find the full list below. 

March 7, 2023 – The Lexington, London

March 10, 2023 – Louisiana, Bristol

March 18, 2023 – Classic Grand, Glasgow 

March 19, 2023 – Star & Garter, Manchester 

Tickets are available on band’s WEBSITE.

Pic Credit: Ryan Mackfall

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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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