The Growlers Vinyl, CD & tapes by The Growlers at Norman Records
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Beach Fossils, Ty Segall, Allah-Las, Thee Oh Sees, The Buttertones, Wavves, Shannon and The Clams, King Tuff, Tijuana Panthers, Night Beats, Harlem, Jacuzzi Boys
Foals and the Arctic Monkeys go on a road trip right, to a Californian desert strip club… no no, wait, wrong story, but it’s close. Intricate guitar plunking turns to sweet indie pop choruses with a snarled vocal, all tinged with a drop of whiskey. Plus it’s the first album produced by Julian Casablancas.
Apparently, California's The Growlers are self-proclaimed “Beach Goths”, which I suppose best describes their sinister take on surf music. Drenched in heavy, sun-soaked reverb and gloomy 80s post-punk, ‘Chinese Fountain’, the band’s fourth LP, weaves between sunny and sullen; coalescing the best of both worlds with perhaps more confidence than on previous records.
The third LP from surf-rockers The Growlers Hung At Heart arrives on Fatcat Records. Nothing to reinvent the wheel here, just a collection of feel-good ‘60s fetishism in the vein of Allah-Las, The Black Keys and such like. One noteworthy feature is Hung At Heart’s production, a sound so scrupulously retro that it takes on a hauntingly hypnagogic quality.
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