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Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Grade was formed in January, 1994 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and have had a on and off love affair with hardcore and punk rock for over 15 years. They are comprised of singer Kyle Bishop, guitarists Greg Taylor and Shawn Magill, bassist Matt Jones and a revolving cast of drummers, currently featuring Matt Richmond. Grade broke up in 2002, but reunited in the summer of 2006 for 2 shows and again in 2009 to begin working on their first new material in almost 10 years.

Grade’s first album And Such Is Progress, was included in Alternative Press’s 10 Essential Metal-core Classics, and in 2008 they were featured in AP Issue 240 as one of the 23 bands who helped shape punk, alongside such legendary bands as BLACK FLAG, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI, CRO-MAGS, SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, UNBROKEN, DESCENDENTS, DRIVE LIKE JEHU and HUSKER DU.

Grade’s albums (LP) include Such is Progress (1996)(1998 re-issue), Separate the Magnets (1997), Under the Radar (1999), The Embarrassing Beginning (2000), and Headfirst Straight to Hell (2001). They have played and toured with hundreds of influential bands like Fugazi, Jimmy Eat World, At The Drive-In, Cave-In, The Explosion, Taking Back Sunday and were signed to Victory Records.

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  • senorblanco

    Looking pretty forgotten here on these charts! Kinda sad!

    12 Jul 9:09pm Reply
  • miserific

    Ontario :)

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • omaCore

    R.I.P. Kent.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kiwigu

    I hope they're gonna do something new and get bigger... they sound reaaally good and I'm sad how their songs aren't all on Youtube :(

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • scoopsdujour

    Seeing these guys play in 2 hours!

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • nightswatch

    @frapu: i know some big boxes made them release the album without the cover art because it freaked them out. id love to know if a version exists that was actually mixed properly

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • alextb3

    Grade are featured in the 'Is this thing on?' blog top 100 emo songs of all time part 2 (90-81) http://wp.me/p1Pkq9-8m

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • BleakTrooper

    the 2 newest songs are easily their best work...among the best punk songs ever

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • September_Of_89

    Best!!!!

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Frapu13

    Someone knows the difference between the Headfirst Straight to Hell normal version and the "alternate"? (I've seen two differente covers for the album, i don't know is one is a Reissue or what...)

    18 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KNIFE_ME_IN

    the empress.

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Mycodenameis

    "it's not about the 2 bucks. it's about iTunes, silly. I'd rather mail these guys 10 bucks directly, rather than give apple any(more) of my money." - I see your point but I'm still happy to pay knowing they'll get royalties.

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Sole101

    you missed out

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • suchsmalllhands

    Should have listened to this band way sooner than I have.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • BleakTrooper

    this band is way too good for their own good

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • LGS

    it's not about the 2 bucks. it's about iTunes, silly. I'd rather mail these guys 10 bucks directly, rather than give apple any(more) of my money.

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • LGS

    "Grade’s first album And Such Is Progress, was included in Alternative Press’s 10 Essential Metal-core Classics." uhh. what?

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • asiankaos

    saw this band once in a skatepark in Florida called the brothel. I love this band.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Mycodenameis

    Massive kudos to everyone (or should I say the REAL fans) who paid the measly price of £2 or whatever for the new the release. It doesn't take much, but it actually means a lot to a band like this. I'm quite happy to spend my hard earned money on Grade.

    21 Jan 2011 Reply
  • davedeath

    takes me back,sucks the only time i could of seen them one of my exes made it impossible.

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
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