Modesto, CA’s influential indie-rock group Grandaddy have announced a special digital release of the ‘Sumday: Excess Baggage’. It’s a thirteen-track collection of rarities and b-sides from the Sumday-era that unfolds like a lost Grandaddy album and is set for release on August 25 via Dangerbird Records. The band has also unveiled lead single The Town where I’m Livin Now alongside an official video, a spacy, wistful ode to the dissonant American landscape of California’s hardscrabble Central Valley.
Grandaddy leader Jason Lytle said, “I like making songs like this. Lots of bleak but sweet visuals. Everyday stuff available for everyone to see…but some of us just end up with the twisted work of documenting it.”
Watch the The Town where I’m Livin Now video via YouTube below.
In May, Grandaddy announced ‘Sumday Twunny,’ a limited edition 4-LP boxed set to be released on September 1 via Dangerbird Records. The collection includes the remastered original album as well as a complete 4-track demo version titled ‘Sumday: The Cassette Demos,’ and ‘Sumday: Excess Baggage’.
“After many years of hammering away at writing and recording as Grandaddy, Sumday seems to be the center of it and where it all peaked. To the journalists we were, ‘On the verge of greatness, underrated, overlooked, unsung.’ It was a tumultuous and exciting time for us for sure. Also very exhausting,” Lytle said. “Revisiting this material and reflecting on those times has been a double edged sword. Bittersweet is an apt word, I suppose. Twenty years after the fact, I’m just grateful to be alive and kicking… celebrating that moment in time by re-releasing the original album, B sides and extras of that era, and even some raw cassette demos of the album itself a sort of sketchbook/rough draft of the LP in cassette form. So be it then. ‘On the verge of greatness, underrated, overlooked, unsung.’ This is what all of that sounds like. I’ll take it.”
Grandaddy formed in 1992 and have released five official LPs, most recently 2017’s Last Place. Grandaddy members include Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Jim Fairchild, Tim Dryden, and the late Kevin Garcia, who passed away in 2017.
‘Sumday: Excess Baggage’ tracklisting
1. My Little Skateboarding Problem
2. Derek Spears
3. Gettin’ Jipped
4. The Town where I’m Livin Now
5. Dearest Descrambler
6. Build a Box
7. Trouble with a Capital T (muzak version)
8. Sure it Worked
9. Running Cable at Shiva’s
10. Emit Anymore
11. I no how you feel
12. The Rugged and Splintered Entertainment Center (a gospel hymn)