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Grade: The Band That Changed Punk (And Everyone Forgot)
08/14/12 at 08:33 PM by notauser
I still remember the first time I heard Grade play, it was probably 1998? Small venue, Toronto Canada. There was a few other local hardcore bands playing as well. Grade had just released a mountain of recordings in basically 3 years of recording and little did us, the fans know, that this band was recording music that would influence the next generation of Punk.

Skipping forward to the mid 00's with bands like Alexisonfire, Underoath, Protest The Hero, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I Die, many of the people in love with this genre don't realize it was born out of a single record recorded in 1996, released in 1997 and part of the Punk sound encompassing the Canadian landscape of the 1990s. Grade - And Such is Progress, and such it was.

From the very first song, Weave, the emotional and melting guitar playing leads you into thinking of something along the lines of Sunny Day Real Estates - Seven until it all explodes in an almost lofi soundscape with the emotional screaming of Kyle Bishop throwing all of his heart out into the mic and into your ears with lyrics like:

our strategies lend themselves to confusion
our inhibitions spoil everything
where should i begin
where do i stop , where do i start

we don't inherit we just borrow from the future
lend me the future and i'll build
my social disdain is apart of an evolution
to deactivate the selfinfliction of incapability

lend me the future and i'll build

i'll shut out from commercial intercourse
but with this
where i stop, where do i start
lend me the future
and i'll build.

Years later they would release the iconic album Under The Radar which many Post Hardcore and Screamo bands consider one of the most influential record of the 1990s in the Punk Rock Realm, and to the progression. However I believe it started earlier, I think it all started with Weave, because as they said; Lend me the future, and I'll build.

And so they did.

Tags: Grade, Screamo, Canadian Punk, Under The Radar, As Such Is Progress, Hardcore, Toront
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