You may think the Growlers would play grungy psych rock and garage but as the title suggests, the band are a much sunnier proposition. Their sound is more in tune with surf and beach pop taking influence from the twangy likes of the Ventures to produce sunny day pop songs high on melodicism and low on dirt. They've squeezed seven tracks onto this EP which mysteriously comes out on post-classical imprint 130701.
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7 track EP on 130701.
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California’s The Growlers have been going since 2006 apparently, so I feel a little sheepish about not having checked them out until now. I thought from the name that they’d be some hard fuzzin’ psych rock types like Segall & co but actually what’s going on on this record is something much more laid back and beach-bound, with tropical rhythms, gentle surf guitar jangle and bright, upbeat organ lines all topped off with some incredibly catchy and distinctive vocals from the husky throat of Mr Brooks Nielsen.
The obvious influences here are early surf acts like the Ventures and the Shadows, skiffle, ‘60s garage pop and ‘90s slacker indie, and the band are helped by superb production and deceptively casual performances which seem completely personable and unhurried, which really contributes to how warm and likeable this record is. Just great ‘60s style beach pop delivered with precision and charm.
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