Close your eyes. Imagine some of your favorite indie rock bands. Think about the ones that write lush, heartfelt, if a bit downtrodden, orchestral pop, something akin to Elliott Smith. Now recall those that are a bit more “out there,” more spacey, fuzzy, keyboardy stuff, like the ones that travel the great American Southwest by way of the cosmos. Now imagine those two kinds of bands merged together into one dynamic supergroup -- that’s what you get with Admiral Radley, the Cali-lovin’ four piece that’s one part Earlimart and one part Grandaddy. On I Heart California, Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray join Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch for a mostly cheeky and fun romp through the Golden State, where “El Caminos in the West” are replaced by “drugs fall[ing] out of diaper bags.” Check out these videos from Admiral Radley’s visit to the KEXP studio last month:
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