The Growlers: Hardcore Hippies

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The Growlers seem to encompass their sunny and warm stomping grounds of Orange County California perfectly in their beachy, garage rock tunes. Front man, Brooks Nielsen gives the band its nostalgic feel with his haunting vocals that are reminiscent of so many bands in the ’60s such as The Byrds and The Smiths. The self-described “beach goth” band members are; Matt Taylor on lead guitar, Anthony Braun Perry on bass, Scott Montoya on drums, and Kyle Straka on the keyboard and guitar.

Although The Growlers music has a psychedelic ’60s hippie feeling, the band members put on a much more intense live show. In one interview, Brooks Nielsen tells stories of the band being pulled off stage by security guards, waking up with new tattoos, and being kicked out of venues they were hired to perform at. Despite their chill music the band members have a reputation for dressing in costume, taking drugs, and partying like true rock stars.

With their broad and hard to pin down genre, The Growlers can appeal to almost any music fan who is open to them. Each album is different from the last while still carrying the unique beach-grunge-indie-rock sound of the band in every song.  If you would like to give The Growlers a spin, I have linked some of their top songs below.

Thank you for reading and listening!

The Growlers Official Website

An interview with Brooks Nielsen

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