Today Grandaddy share a video for “Brush With The Wild,” a track off their recent album, Last Place which was released this Spring on 30th Century Records / Columbia. The video stars actor Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Nerdist Podcast, The Meltdown) who is a massive fan of the band. Directed by Aaron Beckum, “Brush With The Wild” premiered via NPR who note, “with new video, Grandaddy finds humor In grief.” The band’s Jason Lytle notes, “I really love the way the video turned out. So funny, and scrappy. and sad, and actually kinda hopeless……but in a hopeful way…” In a conversation with NPR he says, “I had to be convinced it was okay to tell someone that I loved them or to just let my guard down. And then, once I did, it was almost like this wild, primal thing. But it only comes in little flashes. It’s like a fish swimming through the river and every now and then it’ll turn and the light will flash off its skin and you get a glimpse of it, then it’s gone. Lightning is like that. But you get to experience it very briefly. [So] I was thinking how sad and bummed out I was finding the relationship being done [but] at least I got to experience that. I got to brush up against it.” Read the full interview here and watch “Brush With The Wild” here.
This is the first output from Grandaddy since the death of their longtime bass player Kevin Garcia in May. The band have confirmed an October 21 show in their hometown Modesto, CA at The Foster Theater at the Gallo Arts Center. The show was originally planned as a 20th anniversary celebration of their first record Under the Western Freeway which was released on that same day in 1997. It will now serve as a celebration of Kevin Garcia.
Last Place, is a perfect addition to the band’s celebrated, critically-acclaimed catalogue, that includes their breakthrough sophomore album, Sophtware Slump, and their debut, Under the Western Freeway. It’s a symphonic swirl of lo-fi sonics and mile-high harmonies, found sounds and electronics-gone-awry mingling with perfect, power pop guitar tones. Lytle‘s voice sounds as warm and intimate as ever, giving graceful levity to the doomsday narratives that have dominated the Grandaddy output.