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Albums Of The Week: Grandaddy | Sumday: Excess Baggage

Jason Lytle augments his band's third album with a slate of enjoyable extras.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Two decades down the road, influential Modesto indie-rock group Grandaddy unpack the past — and give you a glimpse of the immediate future — with Sumday: Excess Baggage, a thirteen-track collection of Sumday-era rarities and B-sides that unfolds like a lost Grandaddy album.

The collection is highlighted by the lead single The Town Where I’m Livin Now, alongside an official video, a spacy, wistful ode to the dissonant American landscape of California’s hardscrabble Central Valley. “I like making songs like this,” Grandaddy leader Jason Lytle says. “Lots of bleak but sweet visuals. Everyday stuff available for everyone to see… but some of us just end up with the twisted work of documenting it.”

In May, Grandaddy announced Sumday Twunny, a limited edition four-LP box set to be released on Sept. 1. It includes the remastered 2003 original album as well as a complete four-track demo version titled Sumday: The Cassette Demos, and Sumday: Excess Baggage.

“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,” Lytle reflects. “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.

“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.”

Grandaddy formed in 1992 and have released five official LPs, most recently 2017’s Last Place. Grandaddy members include Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden and the late Kevin Garcia, who passed away in 2017.”


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