Based out of the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, West Coast garage rockers the Growlers evoke the psych pop sound of 1960s California with their signature blend of reverb-laden surf rock, country-folk, and classic rock.
Formed in 2006, the self-described "Beach Goth" outfit went through numerous personnel changes before settling on the core lineup of Brooks Nielsen (vocals), Matt Taylor (lead guitar), Scott Montoya (drums), Anthony Braun Perry (bass), and Kyle Straka (keyboards, guitar). They issued their debut album, Are You in or Are You Out?, via Everloving Records in 2009, followed by the Hot Tropics EP in 2010. The full-length Hung at Heart arrived in 2013, with Chinese Fountain released the following year on FatCat
in the U.K. and Everloving
in the U.S. The Growlers tapped Julian Casablancas
) to produce their fourth studio long-player, 2016's City Club. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi