After receiving rave reviews from their sold-out 6 weeks up front residency at The Shacklewell Arms back in April,The Growlers have announced a full UK headline tour this Autumn, including the Scala in London.
For the uninitiated, expect an education in woozy garage sounds and pulsating psychedelic noise mixed with a murky swagger. The Californian psych poppers just released their long-awaited new album Hung at Heart, and will be playing several venues up and down the UK during October and November.
Dates are as follows:
23rd October - Electric Circus, Edinburgh
24th October - Broadcast, Glasgow
25th October - Bodega, Nottingham
26th October - Deaf Institute, Manchester
27th October - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
29th October - Thekla, Bristol
30th October - Scala, London
31st October - The Haunt, Brighton
2nd November - Bullingdon, Oxford
The Growlers also turn psychonauts on a spaced-out galactic odyssey in the new video for Hung At Heart album cut, 'One Million Lovers'.
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. Now, with several moon cycles and a couple of hundred tunes behind them, Hung At Heart marks their latest release, out now via FatCat Records.
Having only occasionally tripped it across the ocean, it might come as a surprise to find out that this is The Growlers' third full record, and despite initial dabblings with high-profile producers it's as homegrown as they come, recorded by the band with no outsider input at their previous base in Costa Mesa. Their self-coined 'bent sound' is achieved with a high knowledge of modern day recording techniques, paired with the very finest outdated recording and amplified equipment.
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.
Within the fifteen tracks at play on Hung At Heart, fuzzy genius exudes at every spin; in singer Brooke Nielson's tales of turning tall boys into champagne and bologna into steak on swooning opener 'Someday', and in the love songs that extol the virtues of the free market in mate selection ('One Million Lovers'). These are warped pop songs; an occasionally unsettling circus of psychedelia, surf-rock and hints of country, fed with cryptic lyrics that follow the thought trails of Ty Segall, White Fence, Thee Oh Sees and Black Lips.
The Growlers are Brooks Nielsen (vocals), Matt Taylor (guitar), Scott Montoya (drums), Anthony Perry(bass) & Kyle Straka (keys and guitar)