I'm all fucked on irony.

First three adjectives that come to mind when listening to this album:

Three favorite songs on album:
Ghosts Of Syllables
Sunburn Kids
The Thread

Admiral Radley's debut album starts off with a piano driven comical nod to California, but this isn't your average west coast adoration-Beach Boys-surfer tune. No, "I Heart California" is topped with a frothy dose of irony. With lyrics like "I am California / Ice tea in my hair /  Drugs fall out of diaper bags / As mid-westerners stare / I am California / Long walks on the 5 / Truck stops and the symphony / I'll be here when I die," I cannot help but be reeled in by this catchy sarcasm. My new found love affair doesn't stop there.

The entire layout of I Heart California is a moody battle of well done indie tracks with clever and honest lyrics. Pinning songs like "Sunburn Kids"—with it's angsty 80's sounding Billy Idol type battle cries—against songs like "The Thread" which comes across as a sweet and bubbly lullaby that could be in the movie Amelie.

Admiral Radley keeps my attention. Just the fact that they have a song called "I'm All Fucked On Beer" makes me appreciate them. It's not very often that a band has the balls to write an entire track about being wasted and actually has the ability to pull it off. Which brings me to comparisons. Admiral Radley reminds me of the good 'ol days of Weezer (Pinkerton especially), a bit of Wilco, and Silversun Pickups. Sometimes strange and witty sometimes honest and melodic.

Album design:
The design is quirky, bizarre and not cohesive (which some, not myself, might say about the tracks on the album as well). It appears to just be a collage of random items. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but throwing retro images together doesn't necessarily make ironic art.

(Disclaimer: This album was given to me for FREE by the lovely people at Daffodil Publicity)

Next Up:
Paper, An Object (2010)


  1. This actually sounds like an album I'd buy.

  2. I really enjoyed it. If you end up buying it, let me know what you think.