Ever the dreamy indie outsiders, Grandaddy's experiments with lo-fi electronica created crackling landscapes of melancholic Americana that charmed the critics and influenced a splurge of atmospheric pop bands. The vision of ex-skateboarder Jason Lytle, their sound came from the juxtaposition of rural isolation with robotic modernity, but their lofty sonic ambitions were met by scratchy DIY limitations. Second album Sophtware Slump (2002) stands as their finest moment, earning a 9/10 review from NME magazine, which came to be regarded as something of a lost classic. Sumday (2003) brought more acclaim, but the band stood firmly in the shadows, refusing to sign with a major label or play the industry game. Amid growing financial stresses and continuing tensions, the band split after the release of Just Like The Fambly Cat (2006) with Lytle becoming a solo artist and Jim Fairchild playing with Modest Mouse and recording under the name All Smiles.

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