The Growlers are an American (US) 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, formerly bass) 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 released in 2010. The band's third album, Hung at Heart, was released January 22, 2013. Chinese Fountain, their new "more grown up, well polished" album was released September 23, 2014.
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 '60's, with psychedelia creating a unique genre that they call "Beach Goth".
The band's sound has been described as "a trademark style of music that somehow combines country, surf, pop, and rock. Former band member, Warren Thomas, took the more country style and left the band to form The Abigails".
The Growlers have toured with artists such as The Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Devendra Banhart, Julian Casablancas and Night Beats. Their concerts have a great deal of theatricality, often utilizing wigs, playful heavy make-up, women's dresses and assorted props.
Rock in Rio (2011)
The band played alongside Brazilian alternative rock musician Marcelo Camelo, by invitation of the latter, in Rock in Rio 2011, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The concert was received warmly by the public, which had not had previous contact with their sound, who primarily attended to see Camelo particularly the songs of his former band Los Hermanos. But nonetheless helped bring them to the attention of the Brazilian alternative rock fans.
Outside Lands (2013)
The Growlers performed on Saturday at Outside Lands 2013. Their setlist included a number of songs from the album Gilded Pleasures.
Burgerama III (2014)
The band played alongside many other bands in this 2 day festival. They played before The Black Lips during Day 1. Burgerama III took place in Santa Ana, California, on March 22 and 23. Their setlist included songs such as "Wandering Eyes", "Someday", and "Gay Thoughts." They ended their set with a cover of "Add it up" by the Violent Femmes.
Beach Goth (2012 - 2015)
Beach Goth is a festival organized by The Growlers at the Observatory in Santa Ana featuring performances by bands representing a variety of genres, including pop, rap, hip hop, heavy metal, and rock. Over the years, the event has included costume contests, amusement park rides, and live performances of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Growlers have headlined both Saturday and Sunday night of the annual Beach Goth festival since its inception.
The Beach Goth festival has featured a wide variety of performances over the years, including sets by Die Antwoord, Grimes, Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco, The Drums, Foxygen, White Arrows, Ghost B.C., and The Abigails.
Beach Goth 4 (October 2015) was presented by Pauly Shore and featured live performances of Rocky Horror Picture Show throughout the weekend as well as a performance of The Doors song "People Are Strange" by The Growlers and Julian Casablancas.