It has taken over a decade for Grandaddy to release a follow-up album to 2006’s Just Like The Fambly Cat. Signed to Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records, Jason Lytle and a reunited line-up are touring Last Place and the good news is it echoes their enduring triumphs Sophtware Slump and Sumday while forged in the mid-life angst of a divorce and drink battle. Started in Portland as therapy, it was completed when he returned to his hometown of Modesto, California. Long-term fans will love tracks such as Ever More and Clear Your History, yet the real thrill will come when Lytle dips into the Slump’s low-key Millennial trove of damaged robots and broken frontier dreams, keening voice against synthesiser whoosh. The Flaming Lips mined similar territory, but ramshackle Grandaddy still do interplanetary best.

Tue 28 Mar, Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, Manchester M2 5QR, Tel: 0844 858 8521. 7pm, £24.50,

Tue 28 Mar
Neil Sowerby
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Wed 1 Mar 2017