On their first three records – Are You In Or Out? (2009), Hot Tropics (2010), and Hung at Heart (2013) – The Growlers combined reverb-rich waves of vintage surf rock with the dark, slow-burn melancholy of outlaw country. Chinese Fountain (2014) introduced a new, disco-infused direction, influenced by their move to Los Angeles. City Club (2016) paired them with producer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), infusing their sound with Casablancas’ angular melodies and speaker-popping mixes. 2018 brought Casual Acquaintances, a raw collection of City Club-era demos & outtakes that – even as b-sides – ranks with the band’s finest material.
Between records they toured constantly, raising their status as icons of the LA music underground, capable of drawing arena-sized crowds for their hometown shows. On their new, self-produced record Natural Affair (2019), The Growlers move their DIY aesthetic into an even sturdier, synthier sound, bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.