March 3rd saw the release of Last Place, the latest album from lo-fi legends Grandaddy. It’s their first release in over a decade and one which, for many fans of the alt-rock intellectuals, seemed unlikely. Fronted by Jason Lytle, the California five-piece have been on something of a hiatus since 2006’s Just Like The Fambly Cat, returning only for a handful of reunion shows in 2012. This month they play at The Albert Hall, their first show in Manchester since that brief resurfacing.
Grandaddy found widespread acclaim back in 2000 with their second album The Sophtware Slump, a masterful and melodic ode to nature, and disinclination towards modern technology. It captured Grandaddy’s signature sound, a mix of punk rock, lo-fi experimentation and the “rich, textural music” of Lytle’s beloved Electric Light Orchestra, all under a sea of scuzzy synths and guitars. It’s since become the touchstone that has dominated Grandaddy’s output over five albums and eight EPs/compilations.
Their last show in the UK, a teaser at Oslo Hackney, London and precursor to this year’s tour, sold out before most had the chance to click ‘add to basket’. Along with fellow bandmates Kevin Garcia, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden and Aaron Burtch, frontman Lytle has been perfecting Grandaddy’s set with a trio of small appearances in the US, including a storming night at Rough Trade NYC, leaving fans across the Atlantic excited for their welcome return to the stage.
Grandaddy play at the Albert Hall on Tuesday 28th March. Last remaining tickets are available here.