It’s been over 10 years since Grandaddy released their last studio record, Just Like the Fambly Cat, an effort that was produced and written mostly by frontman Jason Lytle. Shortly after, the group split, putting an uncertain period at the end of a bountiful music career.
It wasn’t until 2012 when the band temporarily reformed to play a string of live shows gave the impression that there could be a future for Grandaddy after all. Fast forward to 2016, when Lytle announced the band would be releasing their fifth studio record, Last Place on March 3rd, 2017.
Jason Lytle phoned in with Bookie to chat about the new record recently. The pair chatted about what kept Lytle preoccupied for the better part of a decade, including working on Band of Horses’ most recent album Why Are You Okay?.
“I stayed working, I stayed pretty consistent in the studio working on various projects. I remained fascinated with the gear and the studio end of things. That was kind of a big challenge of mine, to keep that familiarity of some of the analog sounds, and some of the darker elements, –keeping it poppy, with just enough of a modern edge, where there’s a nice balance all the way around.“
Lytle and Bookie also talked about the legendary music producer Danger Mouse, who runs the label Last Place belongs to, 2oth Century Records. Listen to the full interview in the player above.