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Background information
OriginPortland, Maine, U.S.
GenresNu metal,[citation needed] alternative metal, alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active2000–2005, 2011–present
LabelsUltimatum Records
MembersWalter Craven
Steve Marquis
Craig Weaver
Jason Stewart

6Gig is an American rock band from the Portland, Maine area. It is classified by reviewers as alternative rock and nu metal. They actively played at clubs and different locations throughout New England. They released two CDs and several singles, as well as a video for the song "Hit the Ground" that received airplay on MTV2. Before the release of "Mind Over Mind", the band parted ways with drummer Dave Rankin and was joined by drummer Jason Stewart. Shortly after this, Rankin was found dead from a mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol.[citation needed]

Due to financial troubles at Ultimatum Music, "Mind Over Mind" never received an official release, instead being sold only over the label's website. This decision led the band to put the entire "Mind Over Mind" album online for free download in the summer of 2004 for a short time. The band separated in 2005 and its members have since joined other bands, including singer Walter Craven in Lost on Liftoff and Jason Stewart in Sidecar Radio.

6Gig reunited for two shows at The Big Easy in Portland, Maine during May 2–3, 2008. They reunited again in Portland on July 1, 2011, for a show at The Asylum. Since then they have been playing shows regularly. The band released an EP called Dogs in 2013.


  • Walter Craven – vocals, guitar
  • Steve Marquis – guitar, vocals
  • Craig Weaver – bass
  • Jason Stewart – drums
  • Dave Rankin – drums


Title Date released Disc type Label
"Hit the Ground" Single Ultimatum Music
"Yesterday" Single
"6gig Tour Sampler" Single
Tincan Experiment 2000 Album
Broadcast.Trans:MISSION.red 2002 EP
Mind Over Mind 2003 Album
Dogs 2013 EP


Song title Year released Album
"Hit the Ground" 2000 Tincan Experiment
"Free" 2002 Mind Over Mind
"Whose Side Are You On?" 2003 Mind Over Mind

"Hit the Ground"


"Hit the Ground" was 6Gig's biggest hit. It appeared on the National Lampoon's Van Wilder soundtrack, Ozzfest 2001 Summer Sampler and various compilation albums. On the 2005 album Beautiful Locals, released on Labor Day Records, a compilation album of cover songs from Maine bands and artists, Paranoid Social Club, another Maine rock band, covers "Hit The Ground". The original song was also featured as a clip of music in an episode of MTV's Pimp My Ride, and as a soundtrack tune on NHL Hitz 2002 for the Xbox and GameCube.