July 9, 2010

A little about Admiral Radley…

Posted in live music, Shows tagged , , , at 12:34 am by Marisa Galland

Submitted by Aaron Gomes of Sound N Vision Foundation

Friday, July 9
ADMIRAL RADLEY (feat. Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of GRANDADDY plus Aaron and Ariana of EARLIMART!)
Rademacher
$10, 21+, 9:30pm
The Cellar Door
101 W. Main St., Visalia

One of the most anticipated indie rock album releases this month actually comes from musicians with Central Valley roots. To pay homage to their homeland the band will play their first shows in support of their album “I Heart California”, right here in the valley.

This new indie super-band is called Admiral Radley, and combines the core songwriting members of Grandaddy (Jason Lytle) and Earlimart (Aaron Espinoza), along with other members of both bands including Aaron Burtch and Ariana Murray.

Grandaddy formed in Modesto, and throughout the mid to late 90’s they toured the world as one of indie-rock’s premier bands, playing shows and collaborating live with legend’s like Elliot Smith. Their experimental electronic sounds combined with elements of folk and rock set the stage for many indie bands to come. Upon the release of their most acclaimed indie classic album “The Software Slump”, the valley boys picked up numerous fans, including an excited David Bowie. They toured the world, playing huge festivals and sold out theaters.

Later Grandaddy music was featured in a variety of commercials for companies including Coca Cola, Honda Civic, and Dodge.

In 2005, Grandaddy officially called it quits nine years after their first album release.

Meanwhile, Fresno’s Aaron Espinoza was still touring with his acclaimed indie band Earlimart. Espinoza had been a friend and fan of Grandaddy all along, and like many good friends they later combined to start a band, Admiral Radley.

Why the name Admiral Radley?

Members of the band were heavily into skateboarding in the 90’s. In fact, an injury was all that kept Lytle from becoming a professional skateboarder, and he sings about those days on his new song “Red Curbs”.

Most anybody skateboarding in the 90’s fondly remember’s a skateboarding film titled “The Search for Animal Chin”. In this skateboarding classic the skate team travels the world in search of a fictional character considered to be one of the first skateboarders of all time thought to possess the secret to ‘having a good time’. After adventerously traveing the world on their skateboards and having an amazing time along the way, the skaters realize that even though they never see Animal Chin, the journey itself is the real reward; thus they ‘found’ Animal Chin.

Likewise, it seems that Grandaddy and Earlimart have combined as a group of long-time friends destined to carry on the same search for their muse, Admiral Radley.

much love,
Aaron

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