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Dustin and Ryan Tooker planted the seeds of what would become grade 8 in the mid 90s, in their home state of New Jersey. Ryan was a last minute choice to fill in on vocals for guitarist Dustins then band. Their natural chemistry worked well and they continued playing over the next few years with various rhythm sections. The brothers then moved to Southern California where their charisma and work ethic impressed those they met, eventually leading to a record deal with Lava / Atlantic. They worked various interesting jobs in the entertainment industry in their spare time, knowing that once their professional music career began, there would be no turning back.

As they created their self titled debut, a new rhythm section was formed and the band prepared to tour. Grade8 proved themselves an intense live force touring with Mudvayne, The Murderdolls, Anthrax and the Ozzfest. It was on that final tour that the tenacity of Dustin and Ryan caught the attention of their peers. When business issues nearly forced the band off the tour, they fought back by riding with other bands and borrowing equipment, refusing to quit.

After that victory of will, they found themselves in another rough spot. The single Brick by Brick had reached .1 on the college rock charts and tracks were appearing in high profile video games and television series, such as True Crime: Streets of LA and The Sopranos, but they once again found themselves searching for a bassist and drummer to provide the key rhythmic assault.


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  • Sanity_Theorist

    Pretty much any metal band with rapping. They have all the "nu metal" one finger thick chords and grungy vocals. It's not an insult to say they aren't unique since they had way better lyrics/vocals than most bands of their time.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    @Sanity_Theorist: Ok, to whom they are most of all similar?

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    They were hardly unique...maybe the guitarist's more melodic parts but that's it. Overall they just took the style of the time and made it better than most others.

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • NuclearPeon

    @TheBlackRaven87: I definitely give them props for coming out with such a unique sound and breaking the mold, so to speak. Gonads like that are few and far between. It's all just preference, right?

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AutumnSodomy

    Self Titled <3

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    yeah, I like their first one much more as well. I wrote: "if only they could make one more album like the first one was...somehow that debut one rules". So where did I say the second one is better? ok maybe I used wrong words. their debut one is "crappy" in a POSITIVE way I should've written instead of "funny and good".

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • NuclearPeon

    @TheBlackRaven87 Strange, I think their first self-titled album is far superior to what they came out with later on. Sure, their sound is more distinct in Resurrection, but half the time they sound out of breath. Their first was definitely harder and the guitar sound was the perfect balance of loud and distorted

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    6,666 plays ))

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • alv4r00

    amazing band, i like all the albums

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    Ну что все забыли про grade 8 ?

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    Grade 8 forever!

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • TheBlackRaven87

    their self-titled debut album was "crappy" in a funny and very good way. their 2nd album really isn't bad I think, but less rapcore-ish and if only they could make one more album like the first one was...somehow that debut one rules.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    Кароч всё, это моя самая любимая группа!

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • XBenyaX

    This band is active ? O.o

    7 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    Загрузил сюда фоток исполнителя из их официального myspace

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • DetoxScission

    *** ***

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • Dimonz_86

    Fallen Angel awesome song!

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • XBenyaX

    " Resurrection" album is awesome ! Everything is great in this band, guitar,bass, Vocal !

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • skrap3

    2nd album sucks hard.

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • AutumnSodomy

    i love this band. I wanna hear resurrection cuz I only got their first album.

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
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