Grandaddy, Earlimart, Death Cab for Cutie
Fabled to have acquired their name after a chance encounter with a weathered old man who introduced himself as Admiral Radley, the quartet adopted the name and set forth on a truly collaborative effort for their highly accessible and anticipated debut release. Comprised of half of Grandaddy and half of Earlimart, this quartet contains an unmistakable powerhouse of song writers, who together make melodic indie pop that sounds so natural and effortless, you wonder why this band didn't happen sooner.
For years the members of the bands Earlimart and Grandaddy had been touring together, hanging out, and talking of a project that would one day take shape in the form of Admiral Radley. Formed by Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy, and Earlimart's Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza in 2009, the quartet embarked on their "I Heart California...and the rest of the West Coast” tour where the product of the collaboration first fell on eager ears. Just last July, the quartet released their debut full-length of a similar name, I Heart California, to rave reviews and unsurprising fan support.
While the songs on their debut all retain the groundwork set forth in their previous bands, Admiral Radley have opted for a more subdued and organic feel rather than an all out over-the-top pop frenzy you might expect from a band with such high caliber songwriters. Switching off on songwriting and lead vocal duties between Lytle, Murray and Espinoza, each track fluctuates between guitar driven pop folk and the more subtle keyboard melodies played beneath Murray's delicate vocals. All in all, Admiral Radley's debut album offers something for both Grandaddy and Earlimart fans alike, furthered by songs so catchy they're sure to reel in stand-alone fans as well.