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Editors’ Notes

What happens when you cross two members of Grandaddy with two members of Earlimart? You get Admiral Radley. Named anagrammatically from combining both bands’ monikers, the crossbred quartet comprises Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza. Lytle seems to have found his creative spark again here on Admiral Radley’s debut, I Heart California. The opening title track bubbles and pops with powerful melodies, analogue keyboard waves, subtly static guitar distortion and Lytle’s familiar high-toned nasal inflections forming lyrics that both mock and muse on various stereotypes of the Golden State. Though distorted guitars abound on this album, “Sunburn Kids” grooves loosely on ‘80s dance-pop beats and synthesizers as Lytle’s lyrics hilariously heckle goth kids with pale skin and photosensitivity in much the same way that the popular Goths In Hot Weather blog succeeds. The pulsing, droning, post-shoegazing “Red Curbs” finds Lytle waxing nostalgic for his bygone street skateboarding days of yore as he wistfully croons, “I miss those times/ When I would ride red curbs all night/ Doing grinds and slides.”

Customer Reviews

Admiral Radley for the win!

I must say I was blown away by the sheer awesomeness of this album! I knew it would be good the moment "I heard I Heart California", but they managed to still impress. If you are a fan of Earlimart or Grandaddy, or in general looking for just out right fun and catchy music then this is the album for you.

Grandaddy + Earlimart =

Awesomeness. If you like either band, this is a must hear.


This is definitely my new favorite album. I bought the advanced copy after being addicted to I Heart California. Keep making music!


Formed: 2009 in California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

After touring together for several years, members of Earlimart and Grandaddy decided to join forces in 2009. Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Aaron Espinoza, and Ariana Murray dubbed their new project “Admiral Radley,” an anagram of the two bands that spawned it, and wasted little time drawing up an album’s worth of nuanced, melodic indie rock. I Heart California was issued one year later by Espinoza’s...
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