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The Growlers with special guests Hallow Moon, Cosmonauts and Johnny de Courcy
The Growlers are a band formed in Dana Point, California in 2006, then moved to Costa Mesa, Orange County. The band consists of Brooks Nielsen (vocals), Matt Taylor (lead guitar), Scott Montoya (drums) Anthony Braun Perry (bass) and Kyle Straka (keyboards, guitar).Their first album, Are You in or Out, was released in 2009. Their second album, Hot Tropics, was out in 2010. The band's third album was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
The band is known for its heavy use of effects, including voice effects, especially reverb, and mixes the sound of the Californian rock of the late '60s, notably that of the The Doors, with a heavy load of Psychedelia giving birth to what they call the Beach Goth.
Alex Knost says about the band:
Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1960s rock and roll and skiffle, the group works with different musical genres, ranging from ice flossing hip hop to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements have made them trend-setters. While their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions. During the release of their first album and their ongoing singles releases, they have experimented with recording techniques that have the ability to bend sound in ways only drugs can. By now this “bent sound” has been perfected in their live act that some onlookers call “groovy” and/or “sick”. The groovy unexcelled value in Lo fidelity sound is their stock and trade. They are the result of a combination of skilled modern engineering techniques and the very finest outdated recording and amplified equipment. The Growlers sound is best exemplified through Nielson’s cryptic lyrics and the relationship it has with Matt Taylor. As if the two are each other’s half. Though they complete each other, they compel and challenge one another in ways only the frequent growler fan can truly understand. Perhaps it is what the Growler fan feels while taking part in the drug wave of bent sound.
The band's sound has been described as "a trademark style of music that somehow combines country, surf, pop, and rock".
The Growlers have toured with artists such as Dr. Dog, Devendra Banhart and Julian Casablancas. Their concerts have a great deal of theatricality, often utilizing wigs, heavy make-up, women dresses and assorted props.