Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: indie indie rock alternative rock indie pop seen live electronic Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Based in songwriter Jason Lytle’s home town of Modesto, California, USA, Grandaddy’s lo-fi slacker rock insidiously worked its way into the heart of the alternative music press during the late 90s. Lytle was a former skateboarder whose employment record boasted a spell in a hazardous waste treatment plant. Around 1992, he formed Grandaddy with Kevin Garcia (bass) and Aaron Burtch (drums). The band spent several uneventful years putting together demo tapes recorded in Lytle’s home studio, and playing bars and coffee shops in Modesto. Jim Fairchild (guitar) and Tim Dryden (keyboards) swelled the band’s ranks for 1995’s seven-track cassette debut, A Pretty Mess By This One Band. A haphazard mix of lo-fi and college rock, the band only managed to rise above the sum of their influences on the standout track ‘Taster’. The record attracted enough attention, however, for the band to be able to record a full-length album. 1997’s Under...

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