Californian indie rockers Grandaddy
will release their third album next April.
The band are currently recording the follow-up to 2000’s ‘The Sophtware Slump’ at their own Central Heat And Air studio in their native Modesto. A handful of songs – including ‘El Caminos In The West’, ‘I’m On Standby’, ‘Now It’s On’ and ‘Off On Your Merry Way’ – have been completed, but the band have enough music to fill at least two CDs.
“I think we’re going to do two CDs, but in no way will it be a double album,” guitarist Jim Fairchild told Rolling Stone. “That is the biggest fuckin’ rock overambitious cliche in the world. The record is probably going to run about 55 minutes.
“There’s the making-dinner section, and there’s the you already made dinner and you’re home from the bar and you want to rock your ass for the 45 minutes before you go to bed and everyone wants to dance in the living room.”
Toronto filmmaker Matt Burke is designing the visuals – essentially mini-movies to complement the tracks – for when the band tour the new album.
Fairchild added: “You want to have as many senses stimulated as possible. It’s the whole concept of ‘Fantasia’. There’s actors and dancers and costumes and animals and people kissing, and there’s going to be the whole ‘Matrix’ bullet camera thing. We called him one night when we were drunk and fortunately he and his pals were drunk . . . We’re researching the technology right now to sync up the audio to the visuals, so it’s not Grandaddy
karaoke every night.”
Prior to the release of the new album, Grandaddy
will launch their own Sweat of the Alps label, an Internet-only imprint that will issue two records a year.