First Grade Crush was started under the name The Skallops in early 1995, and have since then turned into a significant Chicago-area ska-punk force by adding a full horn section and theramin, the experimental sound-manipulating device made famous by early electronica pioneers. These additions have created an exciting new musical style, powerful rock influenced by hyper ska, hardcore, emo, indie, & punk. Their extensive touring has included shows at Chicago’s House of Blues and Metro with Mustard Plug, Blue Meanies, Eclectics, Mu330, Tuesday, and the Mr T Experience, plus their appearances on four nationally distributed ska compilations brought their music to tens of thousands of fans. This debut album was recorded and mixed in the summer of 1998 at Pogo Studios (Champaign, Illinois) by Mark Ruebel, engineer of HUM’s latest album, and is instantly recognizable by it’s classy design by Jade Tree (Promise Ring, Jets To Brazil) veterans The Collection Agency. First Grade Crush will be touring extensively in 1999, bringing their unique band of ska-influenced rock to fans nationwide…so get ready!
For fans of: Less Than Jake, Mustard Plug, Jets To Brazil, Slapstick, Falling Sickness, Suicide Machines, Telegraph, Assorted Jelly Beans, Eclectics
- First Grade Crush "It's Not You, It's Me"
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