Formed in Long Beach, California, way back in 2006, The Growlers' lifestyle has always been a simple one; blending surfing and experimentation, both in music and road dog life. The band's latest album - Chinese Fountain was released through FatCat Records in September 2014. Having demoed the tracks at guitarist Matt Taylor's Topanga home, the 11-track album was recorded quickly in a week-and-a-hal...
Self-describing their music as "Beach Goth", sunburned and salty, the term perfectly describes their distinctive melding of reverb heavy surf guitar and Bakersfield-style honky tonk with '80s post-punk. Chinese Fountain, their fourth long-player having formed in Dana Point, California in 2006, is their most confident album to date.
"The band played better than they've ever played," says Brooks Nielsen. "We've got the process down now. There's less screwing around to get the songs laid out and we weren't waiting around for take after take. We knew it and we played without much time to spare."
The Growlers' early songwriting was rooted in 1960's rock and roll and skiffle, but gradually evolved with every mind-bending experience. After all sharing a warehouse right by Newport Beach, surfing, putting on bands and throwing parties, their shambolic sound and weirdo, extravagant showmanship naturally took shape, and hitting the road quickly earned them reputation for wild live shows and with that, a loyal following.
The Growlers are Brooks Nielson (vocals) Scott Montoya (bass guitar, vocals,), Matt Taylor (lead guitar, vocals) and Brian "don't surf" Stewart (drums, vocals).
Welcome to our sixth Spotify playlist: GUITARS OF FATCAT
In our next installment of FatCat playlists we bring you a selection of tracks from the more guitar-orientated bands in our catalogue.
In our next installment of FatCat playlists we bring you a selection of tracks from the more guitar-orientated bands in our catalogue, featuring TRAAMS, Frightened Rabbit, Mazes, The Growlers, Shopping, Best Friends, The Twilight Sad, PAWS and more.
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The Growlers Reveal 'Chinese Fountain' Video
In standard Growlers fashion, watch their new trippy, psychedelic video for Chinese Fountain.
The Growlers bring you their new video for 'Chinese Fountain'. Check it out using the player above.
The Growlers - Europe dates start TODAY
Gathering your friends or even your mum, The Growlers are in Europe, soon to be in your nearest town. With a few ticket stills available at certain ventures why not see if you can still grab one.
California's The Growlers bring their "beach goth" psych-surf to Greece, France and the UK this spring with dates across April and May. Head here for full listings.
Crack Magazine recently premiered The Growlers' brand new video 'Not The Man', a single taken from their fantastic 2014 album Chinese Fountain.
Apr 17 PRINCIPAL CLUB THEATRE Thessaloniki, Greece
Apr 18 Lab Art Volos, Greece
Apr 22 Aeronef Club Lille, France
Apr 23 106 Club Rouen, France
Apr 24 Sterolux Club Nantes, France
Apr 25 IBOAT Bordeaux, France
Apr 26 Paul BMassy, France
Apr 28 Printempes de Bourges Bourges, France
Apr 29 La Sirene Club La Rochelle, France
May 01 Oval Space London, United Kingdom
May 02 Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 03 Thekla Bristol, United Kingdom