6Gig band photo
|Origin||Maine, United States|
|Website||Official Web Site|
6Gig is a band from the Portland, Maine area. It is classified by reviewers as an aggro or nu metal band, although the band is quite hard to classify because the only trait that the band shared with other nu metal bands is downtuned guitars. 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 replaced him with Jason Stewart. Shortly after this, Rankin was found dead from a mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol.
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 on 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 (R.I.P.) - drums
|Album Title||Date Released||Disc Type||Label|
|"Hit The Ground"||Single||Ultimatum Music|
|"6gig Tour Sampler"||Single|
|Mind Over Mind||2003||Album|
|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.
Breakup and current projects
A post on the band's website officially announced the "retirement" of the band on March 28, 2005. Craig Weaver went on to form Ruler Of The Raging Main. Frontman Walt Craven is currently playing in Lost On Liftoff. Jason Stewart is hitting drums in both Sidecar Radio and the Baltic Sea.