Advantage (band)

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Origin Stafford
Genres Brass rock
Years active 2002–present
Labels CFP Records
Members Bob Barratt
Paul "Cookie" Cook
Sam McGregor
Alex Shercliff
Andy Cooper

Advantage, a brass rock band featuring members of Grown at Home is a British ska punk band, that were tipped as "the new market leaders for their genre in this country, with a nationwide fanbase to back their unsurmountable popularity".[1] The band was formed in 2002 in Stafford.


After forming as Grown at Home, 2004 saw the band recorded their debut EP, The Sandwich EP, at Premier Studios, Corby, which was then released on Cash For Pigs Records - a label created by the band themselves primarily to release this EP. The EP received positive reviews[2][3][4][5] and was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 ("The Lock Up")[6] and Kerrang! FM.[citation needed] The EP has sold more than 1000 copies.[7]

After releasing The Sandwich EP, Grown at Home toured the United Kingdom in support slots with bands from the United States punk scene such as Voodoo Glow Skulls, Rx Bandits, Never Heard Of It, Wheatus and The Aquabats. They also toured with Howards Alias, Manchester genre terrorists Sonic Boom Six and female-fronted pop-punkers The Fight.

On 6 July 2006 Grown at Home released their debut album Assemble. The album was recorded at Street Level Studios in Cardiff and produced by Curig Huws. The song "Get Ready" received airplay from Mike Davies on Radio 1's The Lock Up.[8]

Grown at Home were designated support band for a two week long Lightyear reunion tour in July 2006.

The band recently recorded a live session for BBC Radio Stoke's local music programme SUBculture.[9]

In April and May 2007 Grown at Home supported the established Californian ska punk outfit Voodoo Glow Skulls on their European tour.[10] During this time the band opened the German leg of 2007's extended Give It a Name Festival [11] (featuring the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Lagwagon, Sparta and MxPx), as well as The Power Fest 2007 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.[12]

Since then they've headlined the Ska Trek - The Next Generation tour, and joined Sonic Boom Six on their Arcade Perfect album release tour. After the departure of singer Nick and a line-up change they have taken on a new image and, after only 4 weeks, wrote new material and developed old tracks to perform at a GASH Collective All night rave and the Bomb Ibiza's Ska Bar and plan to go much further.

2008 has seen Grown at Home play such exciting gigs as Rebellion Festival in both Blackpool and Vienna, as well as a string of headline and support shows around the UK. Forthcoming dates include support slots with Jaya the Cat, Spunge and The Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

Name change[edit]

In March 2009 following the departure of several members and the arrival or several new ones, Grown at Home announced they were changing their name to Advantage.

Core members[edit]



Year Album Label
2006 Assemble Cash For Pigs

EPs and demos[edit]

Year Album Label
2003 Grown at Home self-released
2003 The Sandwich EP Cash For Pigs
2005 Sheep and Werewolves never released
2005 The Building Tracks never released
2009 Future Echoes Cash For Pigs


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