Grandaddy was an indie rock group from Modesto, California, United States.
Grandaddy was formed in 1992 by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jason Lytle, bassist Kevin Garcia, and drummer Aaron Burtch. In 1995, guitarist Jim Fairchild and keyboardist Tim Dryden joined the band.
Musically, the band features guitars (both in the indie rock style and in a fashion calling Jeff Lynne to mind), keyboards reminiscent of Philip Glass's minimalist style and vocals in the key of Neil Young. The band's musical style often combines experimental electronic sounds with elements of folk and rock. Lyrics generally focus on isolation in a high-tech world grafted onto rural America. Common themes in the band's music are wildlife, obsolete technology, robots, incompetency and heartbreak. Lyricist Jason Lytle spent time working in a sewage treatment facility, which heavily influenced many of the songs on The Sophtware Slump.
Around the time that The Sophtware Slump was released, Grandaddy was invited to open for Elliott Smith on his tour for Figure 8. On some nights, Smith would join Grandaddy onstage and sing lead vocals on portions of "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot".
"A.M. 180" from Under the Western Freeway was featured prominently during a sequence in the 2002 British film 28 Days Later, and is also used as the title music for the BBC Four series Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe and for an advert for Colin Murray's BBC Radio 1 show. As of April 2008, "A.M. 180" also is being used in television commercials for the Dodge Journey automobile. Starting in late 2005, the Grandaddy song "Nature Anthem" could be heard in a Honda Civic Hybrid television commercial and is currently heard in a Coca Cola commercial.
On , 2006, Jason Lytle announced that the band had decided to split up. This was partially due to their work ethic in not releasing music on major labels or playing at typical Ticketmaster/Clear Channel sponsored venues. Lytle spoke to NME: "It was inevitable...On one hand our stubbornness has paid off, but on the other hand refusing to buy into the way things are traditionally supposed to be done has made things worse for us... The realistic part is it hasn't proved to be a huge money-making venture for a lot of guys in the band." He also revealed that the band had a meeting in downtown Modesto during December 2005 to decide on the group's future. The meeting was tense and filled with the airing of grievances, but "far from blows." The feeling at the meeting was described by Lytle as the result of a breakdown in communication between the band members.
The band did not tour after the release of their final album, Just Like the Fambly Cat, though Lytle stated that he intends to continue making music, and embarked on a couple of quiet solo tours. He has moved from Modesto to Montana. In the spring of 2008, Lytle launched his own website , stating that he is working on a solo album to be released in 2008. In September 2008, Lytle gave an interview on local radio station KGLT in Bozeman, Montana in which he stated that his solo album would be called Yours Truly, the Commuter and would be released "early 2009". The album was eventually released on May 19th, 2009 on the ANTI- record label.
In April 2007 Jim Fairchild put out his first solo record on Dangerbird Records, entitled Ten Readings of a Warning, under the name All Smiles. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has completed the second All Smiles album entitled Oh For the Getting and Not Letting Go, due to be released on June 30. Jim Fairchild has also played for the bands Giant Sand, Great Northern, Lackthereof, and Modest Mouse.
Aaron Burtch is now in a band called The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit.