Having announced their return to record by releasing the video for its first single, ‘Way We Want’, the dormant alt-rock volcanoes Grandaddy are exploding back into action with a short UK tour booked for March 2017, visiting Manchester for the first time since storming The Ritz in 2012.
The video stars actor Jason Ritter as a rural hitchhiker struggling to get a lift while hallucinating and encountering a parade of colourful characters (make sure you keep watching for the final punchline). Its anthemic riffs are a taster menu for the Last Place LP, due on 3 March, 2017, and their full live experience at Manchester’s Albert Hall that follows on 28 March.
The LP will be the band’s first in over a decade since Just Like The Fambly Cat, which emerged after their 2006 split, and despite a smattering of festivals, a brief tour and well disguised local Modesto, California shows in 2012, it wasn’t until late 2015 that a revival for the trucker cap wearing quintet looked likely, when band leader Jason Lytle’s tweeted from the abyss.
Long since separated from V2, who released their second, third and fourth albums, Grandaddy’s fifth full-length will be released via Danger Mouse’s label, 30th Century Records, but the real excitement lies in seeing them on stage once more.
Grandaddy play at Albert Hall on Tuesday 28 March, 2017. Tickets are available here.