2nd Grade

2nd Grade

credit: Abi Reimold

2nd Grade began as a passion project, inspired by the childlike openness and excitement of early power pop singles. Over two weekends, Gill recorded every instrument of Wish You Were Here Tour to garageband in a friend’s carpeted bathroom, starting with drums. In 2020, 2nd Grade released the 24-track LP Hit to Hit on Double Double Whammy with a band of Philly all-stars including members of Remember Sports, Friendship, and 22 degree halo. Now, the five-piece band has re-recorded eight songs from Wish You Were Here Tour. Along with remastered versions of the original fourteen and one outtake, they will make up Wish You Were Here Tour Revisited, a document of the band’s past, present, and future. 2nd Grade’s past is Pete Gill on a friend’s futon, layering guitars with a zoom recorder on his day off. Lo-fi guitar riffs and snarky jokes are broken up by sincerity and tenderness. The future is a nonstop rush of guitar, harmony, and gratification. Both versions of the Wish You Were Here Tour songs develop the 2nd Grade ethos: childhood wonder, experimentation, guitar hooks, and having as much fun as possible before you die.

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Artist is seeking the following professional connections: Brand Partnership, Gear Endorsement, Other Artists to Tour With, Booking Agent - US, Booking Agent - UK/Europe

Genre: Rock
Subgenre: Power Pop
From: Philadelphia, PA