Grade 2, an Oi! band from the Isle of Wight, reached a new milestone on their journey to success on Saturday when they released their first ever official music video.
The video, which was filmed on the island by Skinny Mammoth Productions, features Sandown beach and arcade as well as Rookley scrapyard amongst various montages of a live studio performance.
The video accompanies the track All I Know from the bands latest album Mainstream View, which was released on 10th February 2016. The only other video from the album was released on YouTube in December last year to promote the forthcoming album, featuring the song Be The Better One.
Sid Ryan, 18, lead vocals and bassist for the band, didn’t feel it was particularly important to represent the island in their first ever music video but admits it does keep the lyrics relevant.
He said: “It wasn’t really essential but the song does mention about us travelling.
“One of the lines in the song is ‘get off the island and catch a plane – Hamburg, Paris, maybe northern Spain,’ so I guess it was good to show the island and what we mean by it.”
The band uploaded a series of stills from the video on their Facebook page over a 3-day period as a countdown to help promote the release of the video.
Adam Ferris, 30, a punk fan from Wiltshire, believes the band have a long future in the music industry.
He said: “I’ve been following Grade 2 pretty much since they started. I first heard of them through Facebook and bought their debut release on Contra Records, which was great. I absolutely think they have a long future in the scene – as these young lads get older I’m sure they will only get better. It really doesn’t surprise me that they’re doing as well as they are.”
The band were officially signed to German record label Contra Records in November 2013, who also have the likes of Philadelphia based band Legion 76 and Belgian group The Agitators under their belt. They’ve enjoyed success across Europe, particularly Germany, and have announced a European Summer Tour – which begins on the 18th August.