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Admiral Radley: Song For The Golden State

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hide caption"I Heart California" is only the first nugget of smart, tongue-in-cheek pop from the Jason Lytle-led band Admiral Radley.

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Jason Lytle of Admiral Radley

"I Heart California" is only the first nugget of smart, tongue-in-cheek pop from the Jason Lytle-led band Admiral Radley.

courtesy of the artist

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "I Heart California"
  • Artist: Admiral Radley
  • CD: I Heart California
  • Genre: Rock

It's officially summer — reason enough for stocking up on songs that celebrate warm weather, easy living and shameless disregard for anyone or anything that might get in the way. That's why the lead single from Admiral Radley's debut album is so well-timed. The band, a fusion of veteran rock outfits Grandaddy and Earlimart, mixes the reflective, at times satirical aspects of the former with the more up-tempo indie rock of the latter.

Brimming with the tongue-in-cheek attitude of Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, "I Heart California" takes the West Coast stereotype by storm. The song opens with Lytle's bold claim, "I am California," to which a chorus of Jason Lytles retorts, "Yeah?" He proceeds to make his case, as he ticks off an offbeat list of what makes California the way it is: iced tea in one's hair, drugs in diaper bags, long walks on Interstate 5, truck stops, select works of cosmetic surgery and more. Most Californians don't feel a deep emotional connection with those things, but the list is good for a chuckle, whether you're from the Golden State or not.

"I Heart California" provides subtle social commentary at its best and lighthearted escapism at its worst. Admiral Radley already has a knack for flippant, lightweight humor and a strong sense of home-state pride. Combine this with soaring backup vocals, a slippery synth lead, strategically placed samples and handclaps, and you've got an infectious introduction to a promising band of reliable veterans.

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