Grandaddy: Sumday: The Cassette Demos LP
Grandaddy is an American indie pop band formed in Modesto, California in 1992 by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch. Although a noisy, lo-fi approach characterized early self-released recordings like 1994's Complex Party Come Along Theories, the band's sound expanded exponentially with the 1995 additions of guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden. Originally released in 2003, Grandaddy's double-LP Sumday is the band's third studio release and it finds the group augmenting their melodic, '60s-influenced indie rock with gorgeous atmospheric production. Grandaddy's best-selling album, it features the songs "Now It's On", "I'm On Standby", and "El Caminos In The West". Pitchfork wrote that, "Sumday is all glorious, throbbing heart" while Spin proclaimed that the "cool indie-rockers [made] a summer blockbuster." "After many years of hammering away at writing and recording as Grandaddy, Sumday seems to be the center of it and where it all peaked. To the journalists we were, ‘On the verge of greatness, underrated, overlooked, unsung.' It was a tumultuous and exciting time for us for sure. Also very exhausting," Jason Lytle said. "Revisiting this material and reflecting on those times has been a double edged sword. Bittersweet is an apt word, I suppose. Twenty years after the fact, I'm just grateful to be alive and kicking... celebrating that moment in time by re-releasing the original album, B sides and extras of that era, and even some raw cassette demos of the album itself a sort of sketchbook/rough draft of the LP in cassette form. So be it then. ‘On the verge of greatness, underrated, overlooked, unsung.' This is what all of that sounds like. I'll take it." Dangerbird Records presents the complete 4-track demo version of Sumday recorded by Lytle and available for the first time as part of the Sumday 20th anniversary campaign.