Paul "Cookie" Cook
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". 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 and was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 ("The Lock Up") and Kerrang! FM. The EP has sold more than 1000 copies.
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.
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.
In April and May 2007 Grown at Home supported the established Californian ska punk outfit Voodoo Glow Skulls on their European tour. During this time the band opened the German leg of 2007's extended Give It a Name Festival  (featuring the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Lagwagon, Sparta and MxPx), as well as The Power Fest 2007 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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.
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.
- Paul "Cookie" Cook: guitars, lead vocals,
- Bob Barrett: drums
- Sam McGregor: superbone, backing vocals
- Lesley "Willis" Wilkes: flugel horn, trumpet, backing vocals
- Alex Shercliff: bass guitar
- Andy Cooper: lead guitar
|2006||Assemble||Cash For Pigs|
EPs and demos
|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|
- Grown at Home Assemble CD - Notes
- Cooper, Mick: "Demo Doctor", BBC Stoke & Staffordshire Music
- Dan @ Kill The Noise: "Grown at Home - The Sandwich EP", www.killthenoise.net
- Alt-UK: "Grown at Home - Sandwich EP", www.alt-uk.com
- Patashnik, Ben: "The Sandwich EP, Grown at Home", www.punktastic.com
- BBC Radio 1 - Mike Davies - Tracklisting (11th April 2006)
- Grown at Home MySpace (About Me): "In 2004 they entered the studio... to record their first EP, which has now sold in excess of 1000 copies."
- BBC Radio 1 - Mike Davies - Tracklisting (18th July 2006)
- "Stoke & Staffordshire, Subculture, Sound and Vision, Grown at Home". BBC. 16 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-02.
- Victory Records - Tour Dates
- Give It a Name '07 Line-Up: Germany
- THE POWERFEST.