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Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2000–Present
Labels American Recordings
Associated acts Fastball
Driver Eight
The Din Pedals
Members James Grundler
Andy Blunda
Florian Reinert
Tommy Black
Past members Jason Johnson
Alex Parnell
This article is about the band Paloalto. For the eponymous album, see Paloalto (album).

Paloalto was a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. Their band is not named after the city Palo Alto, but rather the lead singer James Grundler's preschool. Their debut album was released on Rick Rubin's American Recordings label and was produced by Rubin.[1] Their second album, Heroes and Villains, reached #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in 2003,[2] on the strength of the song "Breathe In", which had been featured on The O.C.. The song "Try" was the theme song on the 2003 Warner Brothers show "Tarzan".

James and Tommy are now in the band Golden State.


Previous members[edit]




  • "Sonny" (CD) – American Recordings – 2000
  • "Fade Out/In" (CD) – American Recordings – 2002
  • "Breathe In" (CD) – American Recordings – 2003

In popular culture[edit]

  • Paloalto's single "Breathe In" was used in the movie "Hellboy".
  • "Breathe In" was also used in the TV show "Life As We Know It " - Episode 3 - "The Best Laid Plans".
  • The song "Last Way Out of Here" was used in the movie "The Perfect Score".
  • The song "Fade Out/In" was used in the movie "Daredevil".
  • The song "Going Going Gone" was used in the movie "Shallow Hal".
  • The song "Throwing Stones" was used in the TV show "John Doe" - Episode 19 - "Shock to the System".