2ND GRADE – ” Easy Listening “

Posted: January 8, 2023 in MUSIC

Fresh off the release of Friendship’s great new album “Love The Stranger”, comes the announcement of a new album by 2nd Grade, the project led by Friendship member Peter Gill. It’s called “Easy Listening“, it’s due September 30th via Double Double Whammy, and the lead single is “Strung Out On You,” of which Peter says: “If Big Star had broken through commercially with “Radio City” and kept pursuing that accessible strain of power pop, I like to imagine they would’ve eventually written ‘Strung Out On You’ and scored a minor nationwide hit in 1979 or so.”

Philadelphia’s 2nd Grade returned with another fantastic dose of short burst power pop earworms on their third album “Easy Listening”. Musically and lyrically, “Easy Listening” is like a tribute record to some of the best in the genre that should bring to mind Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Flamin’ Groovies and Guided By Voices. The group has mastered the short under 2-minute song burst and here 2nd Grade pushes some of their own earlier work with a more concise focus and a mix of lo-fi and hi-fi styles that are easy to connect with and make you want to hear them again. 2nd Grade released one of the catchiest power pop records with “Easy Listening” and it is also their best to date. There are only so many albums in 2022 that truly can get stuck in your head – “Easy Listening” is among them!

Catherine Dwyer— guitar, vocals
Peter Gill— vocals
Francis Lyons— drums
Jon Samuels— guitar
David Settle— bass, vocals

“Easy Listening” is available September 30th, 2022 Double Double Whammy Records

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