|The Growlers — Hung At Heart (2013)|
The Growlers — Hung At Heart
Location: Dana Point, Long Beach ~ Costa Mesa, Orange County, California, USA
Album release: January 22, 2013
Record Label: Everloving Records (N. America) / Fat Cat (UK & EU) / P-Vine (JP)
01. Someday 3:36
02. Naked Kids 3:51
03. Salt On A Slug 3:01
04. One Million Lovers 4:43
05. No Need For Eyes 3:50
06. Living In A Memory 3:16
07. Pet Shop Eyes 3:34
08. In Between 3:08
09. Burden Of The Captain 3:19
10. Row 3:37
11. It’s No Use 2:29
12. Use Me For Your Eggs 2:18
13. Derka Blues 2:14
14. Beach Rats 4:10
15. The Fruit Is For Everyone 1:38
• Brooks Nielsen (vocals)
• Matt Taylor (lead guitar)
• Scott Montoya (drums)
• Anthony Braun Perry (bass)
• Kyle Straka (keyboards, guitar)
• The Growlers Composer, Primary Artist, Producer
• Jason Kaiser Guest Artist, Percussion
• Mike McHugh Engineer, Mixing
• Scott Montoya Drums, Group Member, Vocals (Background)
• Brooks Neilsen Group Member, Vocals
• Anthony Brown Perry Bass, Group Member
• Kyle Straka Group Member, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ
• Matt Taylor Group Member, Guitar, Vocals (Background)
Contact press: Paul Beahan at Manimal -
Reservé agent: Jared Flamm -
Main manager: Courtney Knopf -
By Daniel Kohn Thu., Aug. 30 2012 at 7:15 AM (http://blogs.ocweekly.com)
¶ Good news for fans of Dana Point's The Growlers. Today, the group announced that their third album, Hung at Heart, will be released on November 13 via Everloving Records. It was recorded in Nashville and was initially produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who has been involved in multiple projects in this capacity in the past year.
¶ If the first song from their album is any indication of what's to come, then fans will be pleased that the band's brand surf psych rock hasn't changed. If you don't believe us, take a listen here.
¶ When we spoke to front man Brooks Nielsen earlier this summer, he elaborated on what it's been like trying to finish up the record. Even during their Coachella stint, the band spent their time going back and forth to their recording studio between both weekends just to work on the record, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Despite the wisdom and clout of Auerbach, the statement issued by the band indicated that he did not stay on to bring the record to it's finished state and the band wound up doing it themselves.
¶ "It's been killing me," Nielsen said back in July. "It's taking way too long. It's nice to be finished with it finally, but that doesn't mean it's coming out tomorrow. Hopefully we get it out by October." Considering the band's typical style of recording and releasing music on their own schedule at their own studio, the wait to release the album and trimming it down is especially frustrating. "We record a lot of music, we have the opportunity to record a lot in our studio, but the industry isn't set up to release music that quickly," Nielsen says. "The industry calls for short, edible albums for people with short attention spans. We get slowed down by having to grow up and be professional. But this record is gonna have 15 songs on it, so by today's standards it's a longer album."
¶ 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 a heavy load of Psychedelia giving birth to what they call Beach Goth.
Alex Knost says about the band:
¶ "Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1960s rock and roll and skiffle, the group works with different musical genres, ranging from ice flossing hip hop to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements have made them trend-setters. While their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions. During the release of their first album and their ongoing singles releases, they have experimented with recording techniques that have the ability to bend sound in ways only drugs can. By now this “bent sound” has been perfected in their live act that some onlookers call “groovy” and/or “sick”. The groovy unexcelled value in Lo fidelity sound is their stock and trade. They are the result of a combination of skilled modern engineering techniques and the very finest outdated recording and amplified equipment. The Growlers sound is best exemplified through Nielson’s cryptic lyrics and the relationship it has with Matt Taylor. As if the two are each other’s half. Though they complete each other, they compel and challenge one another in ways only the frequent growler fan can truly understand. Perhaps it is what the Growler fan feels while taking part in the drug wave of bent sound."
¶ The band's sound has been described as "a trademark style of music that somehow combines country, surf, pop, and shart".
• Are You In or Are You Out? (2009), Everloving
• Hot Tropics (2010), Everloving
• Hung at Heart. Everloving, delayed until January 22, 2013
• "Gay Thoughts"/"Good Feelings" (2011), Everloving
• "Uncle Sam"/"Drinking Song for Kydz" (2012)
|The Growlers — Hung At Heart (2013)|