When the Growlers put out their “Greatest sHits” compilation and their subsequent “Couples Vol 1-8″ series there was no doubt the writing team of Brooks Nielsen and Matt Taylor and their band of merry menacers could output as many songs about the Growler life as they wanted to.The question would be what of that output to put out.
Now, with several moon cycles and a couple hundred tunes behind them, The Growlers are set to release their latest batch of sonic brownies, “Hung at Heart”, January 22 via Everloving Records, and yes their goodies are still laced with that psychedelic circus of surf, sex, and hobo trance, boom boom twang that makes for a hell of a high!
However, getting these treats out of the oven wasn’t all that easy. Indie Iron Chef, Dan Auerbach, had initially tried his hand in the kitchen but when the dish ended up overcooked, the Growlers brought it back to the home kitchen, drank the juice and started over.
Warning to the hipster savants: This is a Growlers record. Fuzzy genius and working class logic mix easily in love songs that extol the virtues of the free market in mate selection (One Million Lovers). “Some Day” opens up the Hope and Magic aisle in the sentimental supermarket where Nielsen sings about turning ‘bologna into steak and tallboys into champagne.’ The real magic however, has been the relentless pursuit of happiness on the road while traveling throughout the hundreds of gigs performed to get from Costa Mesa to London to Brazil and back. At every stop along the way the kids and creeps have joined the Beach Goth caravan that is the Growlers experience. It is the experience they have coined that has landed them on the big stages of Coachella (where their set began at 4:20) and Lollapalooza 2012 and though nothing in life is certain, one thing will always remain true: The Growlers will continue to live a simple blend of surfing and experimentation, both in music and road dog life.
Hailing from the sleepy suburban sprawl of Orange County, California, Cosmonauts forge malcontent drone-pop melodies, delivered with a clangy laser-fuzz backbone. Formed in Summer 2009 by Alexander Ahmadi & Derek Cowart, Cosmonauts offer a glimpse of drug-addled Southern Californian rock n roll in the 21st century. Inspired in equal parts by polo-shirts and MDMA, this four-piece garage-trance outfit has garnered a reputation of amps dialed to ten and lullaby meltdowns with both audiences and contemporaries. Supporting established acts at home & abroad such as The Growlers, The Black Angels, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Beach Fossils & more.
together PANGEA began with lead singer-songwriter William Keegan recording songs on a 4-track tape machine as a teenager. The band truly began to take shape when Danny Bengston joined on bass, Erik Jimenez on drums and later Cory Hanson on lead guitar. They began performing at CalArts and house parties in the Santa Clarita valley in 2008, soon venturing to house shows and DIY spaces throughout theWest Coast. These initial grassroots tours were followed by shows at iconic LA venues such as The Echo, Echoplex, the Troubadour and The Roxy, as well as trips to Austin for SXSW. Their debut recording was 2010’s cassette-only “Jelly Jam,” released by Seattle-based label Lost Sound Tapes. Their second album “Living Dummy” was co-released on LP in the summer of 2011 by Burger Records and The Smell’s label Olfactory. “Living Dummy” was followed up by the “Killer Dreams EP” in early 2012. together PANGEA have played shows with Wavves, The Black Lips, FIDLAR, Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, King Kahn and the Shrines, Nobunny, Redd Kross, Guitar Wolf, The Strange Boys, and many more. Now signed to Harvest Records, together PANGEA will be releasing their “Snakedog” 7″ on August 20th in anticipation of their full-length album.