May 8, 2017
After a triumphant return with a new album Last Place and successful reunion tours, Californian psychedelic-indie-rock band Grandaddy suffered the devastating loss of their bassist Kevin Garcia last week. Subsequently, the group put out a loving post mourning their friend and cancelled their upcoming tour.
Fans can find solace in the newest LP which was released in March by Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records in which the band returns to familiar themes and sounds of 2000’s The Sophtware Slump while throwing in a few tricks founding member Jason Lytle has learned since working solo.
Grandaddy evolved from their skate-punk influences into a new territory of indie rock unclaimed by any other group before and largely untouched after their split in 2006. Creating the sonic equivalent of a computer getting lost in the woods, Lytle primarily wrote and recorded alone using analog synthesizers and fuzzy guitars. As the “soundtrack to the dot-com-era”, the group found fans in Elliott Smith, David Bowie, Kate Moss, and Liv Tyler. Alienation and lack of communication, coincidentally primary lyrical themes of their music, led to Grandaddy splitting up from 2006-2012. Originally only reuniting for a limited string of shows and festival appearances, the band made it permanent and recorded new material soon after.