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Since 1996 The Ray Gradys have been impressing audiences around the world with their creative songwriting and outspoken lyrics. The music is a blend of West Coast Punk and East Coast Hardcore, but is still influenced by old school '77 style Punk Rock. The Ray Gradys formed in Charlotte North Carolina in 1996. A very young Earl-y and former bassist, Jon, wanted to start a punk band with no rules or limitations, musically or lyrically. In 2002, after touring the US several times and releasing 4 albums, they decided to move the band to Philadelphia, PA. Two more albums and two years later, Mike Yak joined the band taking over drums. In 2007, Russ Golden took over bass after Jon was abducted by aliens. Jon has since sold the rights to his story to PBS and has happily retired to the south of France. Then, in 2008, Russ was replaced by Bill after Russ was killed in hand-to-hand combat with the Pope. The lesson: Don't mess with an ex-Nazi Pope. The Ray Gradys still continue to tour as much as possible and have become known nationally as well as internationally. Their energetic and interactive stage performance gives the crowd a chance to be involved rather than just watch. Musically, they have been described as 'poppy' (Jello Biafra) to 'hardcore' (Flipside Magazine) to 'nice' (Dischord Records). But, if you ask the Ray Gradys what they sound like... Their reply is : 'We have so many different influences, we just play what we think sounds good.' So, if you're ready for a politically outspoken punk band that loves to have fun, both on stage and off, you're ready for The Ray Gradys.