On October 20, following a turbulent few months for the cult 90s icons that saw the tragic sudden death of bassist and founder-member Kevin Garcia in May, Grandaddy will re-release their 1997 classic ‘Under The Western Freeway’.
Back in the game after a decade-long hiatus, the Modesto, California combo won critical acclaim for new album Last Place back in March, and are riding a wave of renewed interest with this reissue.
Slated to be a double album, the first 250 fans to order will be delighted to find it packaged with a bonus cassette called ‘Practice 97’, featuring a previously unreleased eight demo tracks culled from an especially fruitful rehearsal session that year. One of the demo tracksis streaming below: Animals’ Gruff Rhys.
The group was formed in 1992, and featured Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Kevin Garcia and Tim Dryden in the touring lineup. They were signed to Will Records in the US and later the V2 subsidiary Big Cat Records in the UK, going on to sign an exclusive deal with V2. However they started out life with very much DIY aesthetic, distributing their own home-recorded cassettes.
The band split in emotional fashion in 2006, with frontman and singer Jason Lytle citing drug and alcohol problems, also claiming he was a ‘loner’. He memorably described touring with the band dismissively as ‘having four girlfriends to lug around with me all the time.’
Check out one of the demos shared yesterday – ‘Hawaiian Island Wranglers’ – a characteristically lo-fi slice of jangly falsetto. The new ‘Under The Western Freeway’ release will also include a glossy booklet of photos, old flyers and liner notes from longtime fan and contemporary, Super Furry