The title track to Admiral Radley's debut album is a paean to the Golden State as only Jason Lytle could pen it.
“I Heart California” — the first song from the project featuring Lytle and his old Grandaddy bandmate Aaron Burtch and Earlimart principals Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray — sketches out a place of wild juxtapositions, where it's far easier to find yourself bemused than amused.
The quartet's new karaoke-style video for the song plays to the former, especially its big, sighing chorus punctuated by the mock-Schwarzenegger response, “I love California.” Which is actually Murray, her voice put through Lytle's effects wringer.
“I could have only written these lyrics if I knew these guys could make them hilarious,” Lytle says. “Part of that was to get the quietest girl singer and have her emulate the Arnold Schwarzenegger voice. Ariana sounds like Arnold singing through an Austrian megaphone.”
The band's debut album is out now digitally, with physical copies due Tuesday. Ad Rad kicks off a tour supporting it with a free show at tonight's Week 2 of the Also I Like to Rock series at the Hammer Museum. Local spazz-rock trio the Happy Hollows support.
After the jump, the video, along with the rest of tonight's fare:
Elsewhere: Tonight's Echoplex show could be the last we'll see of dream-pop trio Au Revoir Simone for a while — Heather D'Angelo revealed in a recent interview that the band will go on “a little hiatus” because she is returning to school and singer-keyboardist Annie Hart is five months pregnant. … Hirsute singer-songwriter Benji Hughes is doing a Benji-and-friends residency at Largo. … And Sugarland, supported by Michelle Branch and Will Hoge, brings its Grammy-wining country to the Greek Theatre.
Also: Wires in the Walls and and Wake Up Lucid at Spaceland; A B & the Sea and So Many Wizards at 3 Clubs; Ernie Halter at the Roxy; the Fay Wrays at the Viper Room; Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies at the Hotel Cafe; Weed Diamond and Tan Dollar at the Smell; Spell Talk at the Silverlake Lounge; Dan Reed at the Mint; Les Blanks at Casey's downtown after Artwalk; and Konono No. 1 (free) at the Santa Monica Pier.