Admiral Radley “I Heart California”

By One Track Mind on Thursday, June 10th, 2010  |  3,097 views

Indie Rock

Admiral Radley “I Heart California” Admiral Radley “I Heart California”

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Admiral Radley have claimed their name is an anagram of “Earlimart” and “Grandaddy,” and the group is such a fifty/fifty blend of the two bands’ winsome, weirdo pop that it’s easy to fall for the lie.

A collaboration between former Grandaddy members (Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch) and the two principals behind Earlimart (Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray), Admiral Radley is set to release I Heart California on July 13th via The Ship, a recording studio and label of Espinoza’s devising. Over the course of eleven tracks, the new act meshes well together, incorporating elements of the sound that helped Grandaddy carve out a niche for themselves in the indie scene and borrowing bits from what continues to make Earlimart one of the most sadly overlooked groups currently plying their trade.

I Heart California kicks off with the title track, an ode to the land all three bands call home, for better (“I’m citrus and summertime”) or worse (“drugs fall out of diaper bags”). Fans of the constituent acts will be able to single out familiar elements–a Grandaddy-esque, wobbly synthesizer riff in the background, that bouncy Earlimart piano rhythm grounding the entire composition–and part of the fun of Admiral Radley’s music is how complementary the two halves are.

This band was formed so that like-minded friends could spend more time together, an ambition that shines through in the effortless construction of “I Heart California.” It sounds like veteran musicians getting together to have a good time, and even if the track isn’t subversive by the members’ own standards, it still has more surprises and well-placed departures than your standard indie-rock fare. Most importantly, “I Heart California” stands on its own as a great summer song independent of Admiral Radley’s pedigree, and augurs well for the caliber of the other ten cuts which await us in July.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. peewee Says:

    sound TOO much like the thrills… and i think its more indie pop than indie rock.

  2. jeff8ham Says:

    This is a very solid pop song with a memorable groove, and is very worthy of the download.

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