, [in the Park .

‘lt’s like a satanic K-Tel record that’s

beenfound in a trash dumper.’

GRANDADDY just weren’t made for these times, which is why they’ve produced some of the most essential alt. rock to come out of America. wining; Jan F. Zeschky

t‘s pleasantly ‘cool' in the high 705 in

Philadelphia. where Grandaddy

keyboardist Tim Dryden sounds like he‘s just woken up. All right for some. But upon speaking to the polite, soft-spoken Dryden you couldn't grudge him anything: in the same way you can't grudge his band their progressive rise towards alternative rock stardom on the back of their two acclaimed albums Under The Western Freeway and The Sophiware Slump. Grandaddy's music is soft-spoken too as would befit five predominantly

bearded lads from a small Californian town called Modesto but with a tang of melancholy and a haunted atmoSphere that would have made it a damn fine soundtrack to The Moomlns.

Where the relation to paper shapes stops is in songwriter Jason Lytle's lyrical subject matter. which commonly deals with the juxtaposition of nature and technology. and man's place in the punle.

‘Where we live is predominantly agricultural.‘ Dryden says. ‘but recently there's been an invasion of commuters