Posted On 30 Jul 2014
The Growlers aren’t your average band. Sure, that statement might be sort of cliche, but take the time to listen to these guys and you’ll be convinced they’re far from traditional. Blending elements of surf rock with psychedelic pop and intriguing lyrics, they’re part of the recent re-emergence of no-holds bared, garage-pop influenced bands such as The Fresh and Onlys, Sonny & The Sunsets, Girls, and Thee Oh Sees. Unlike those bands though, The Growlers have more of an experimental approach to making their finely-crafted tunes. Think of their music as sort of a journey through a mind-bending cultural experience.
Heck, even Bill Murray loves their music! Yes, it’s true there’s a sweet YouTube video of one of The Growlers shows last year, and Bill Murray was present (and dancing) in the crowd.
All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa caught up with The Growlers during their current tour. Peep their short and sweet Q&A below.
How would you describe your music to those who have not had the pleasure to be introduced to your sound yet?
Psychedelic, R&B, and Surf and Country
Where did you all grow up? How did your location influence your style?
We grew up in Orange County. Its a stale place with a lot of opportunities. We we’re lucky enough to get sucked into the surf and skateboarding world. We we’re also close enough to Los Angeles and Long Beach to get touched by rock n roll. That helped us not become real estate agents. And it made us little sh*ts but we’re slowly growing out of that.
What’s the vibe of The Growlers ? What could we expect at your shows?
We are chill and relaxed. Sometime this comes off as arrogant, be we enjoy this job. You can expect to hear what you came for…
What’s your favorite song that you guys have written and what was the influence?
I don’t have a favorite yet.
What was the first piece of music that you fell in love with growing up?
Bob Marley – “Soul Rebel”
How has the tour been so far? How has life on the road been treating you all? Can you share with us any memorable stories from the road so far?
The road is heaven and hell. Its a gamble and a sacrifice and its rewarding if you have the endurance.
If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring?
My fiancé, my dog and my surfboard.
What is in your current music playlist? Any guilty pleasure songs?
Currently all gay and drag songs. Im developing a stage show with a drag queen named DMTina for our September USA tour, with songs like, “Jet boy, Jet girl.”
Do you have any hidden talents we don’t know about that you would like to share with our readers?
I’m excellent at dog whispering.
Touring and recording. Our album, Chinese Fountain will be released through Smack Face Records on September 23rd.
To check out more about The Growlers, including upcoming tour dates, visit them here