House of Blues

March 16, 2004

Grandaddy will be remembered for melding their influences beautifully to make catchy and pensive pop/rock.

Their candy-coated jangle didn't betray their California roots when they played The House of Blues last night. Still, their lyrical focus on the relationship between humanity and technology made their music more than head-bopping nonsense. The band produced a spacey feeling with abnormal noises, but they also led me into the bedroom with well-crafted melodies that sounded like they were around since the beginning of time. The band shoegazed, but they did thank the crowd.

A highlight was when they played "A.M. 180," probably one of the best songs I've ever heard. Download it now. Cityscapes and movements of kids skateboarding covered the screen behind the band while they played, adding an intellectual and heavy feeling to the music.

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