The Growlers

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The Growlers
Brooks and Anthony of The Growlers playing at Lollapalooza 2012
Brooks Nielsen & Anthony Perry on stage at Lollapalooza 2012.
Background information
Origin Dana Point, California, United States
Genres Surf rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, Synthpop
Years active 2006–present
Labels Everloving, Palmist, Burger, Fat Cat, Ayo Silver, Smack Face, Cult Records, Beach Goth Records and Tapes
Associated acts Julian Casablancas
Members Brooks Nielsen
Matt Taylor
Kyle Straka
Past members Brian Stewart
Warren Thomas
Patrick Palomo
Clark Davison
Miles Patterson Zachary Aguirre
Scott Montoya
Anthony Braun Perry
Jason Kaiser

The Growlers are an American band formed in Dana Point, California in 2006, now based in Costa Mesa.[1] The band is currently composed of singer Brooks Nielsen, lead guitarist Matt Taylor and keyboard player/guitarist Kyle Straka.[2] They have released seven albums, several EPs and a number of singles. The band's sound has been described as "a trademark style of music that somehow combines surf, pop, rock and beat" which has been labeled "Beach Goth".[3]


The band released their first album, Are You in or Out in 2009. Their second album, Hot Tropics, was released in 2010.[4][5] The band's third album, Hung at Heart, the first to feature Anthony Braun Perry, and Jason Kaiser on percussion (Hung at Heart/Chinese Fountain), was released January 22, 2013.[6] The band originally worked with Dan Auerbach to record the album, but the finished version never saw official release. Instead the band recorded a new version of the album in Costa Mesa, CA with Mike McHugh at his studio, the Distillery Recording Studio, to get a more lo-fi sound.

Chinese Fountain, their new "more grown up, well polished" album was released September 23, 2014.[7] This album was produced by JP Plunier at Seahorse Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Whilst touring the album, the band expanded their live band with percussionist Nick Murray.[8]

The band's fifth studio album, City Club was released by Cult Records on September 30, 2016,[9] while they embarked on a supporting tour in the same month.[10] It was the first Growlers album to be credited solely to Brooks Nielsen and Matt Taylor, as opposed to the whole band.[11] Nielsen and Taylor wrote and recorded demos for the album over a span of 2 to 3 months with the help of Kyle Mullarky at his studio in Topanga Canyon, CA. It was preceded by the title track as a single produced by Julian Casablancas,[12] who also owns the label.[13] Neither drummer Scott Montoya nor bass player Anthony Perry feature on the album.[14] On September 25, the band confirmed Montoya's departure from the band and stated that Perry was set to return in the near future.[15] The band toured for this album with Brad Bowers on bass, Adam Wolcott Smith on keyboard, and Richard Gowen on drums.[16][17] Whether their membership in the band is permanent is currently unclear.

The band released Casual Acquaintances on July 27, 2018, a collection of demos and unused material from the Club City sessions.

The Growlers have toured with artists such as The Black Keys, Devendra Banhart, Julian Casablancas, Night Beats, and Jonathan Richman.[18][19] They have also appeared at numerous festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Sasquatch!, Wakarusa, Treasure Island, Fun Fun Fun, Bestival, Way Out West, End of The Road, Burgerama III, Rock in Rio[20][21] and Outside Lands.[22]

Beach Goth[edit]

The band has organized their annual Beach Goth festival since 2012. The event typically features 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 likes of Die Antwoord, Grimes, Gucci Mane, Julian Casablancas, Mac DeMarco, The Drums, Foxygen, White Arrows and Ghost B.C. have appeared at the festival.

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.

The 2016 edition of Beach Goth took place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on October 23–24, 2016.[23] It was originally scheduled to take place at the Oak Canyon Park but was moved last minute due to unexplained circumstances. The festival's lineup includes Bon Iver, TLC, James Blake, 2 Live Crew, Violent Femmes, Future Islands, Reel Big Fish, The Faint, the Pharcyde, Leftover Crack, and DJ Quik.[24] While it was hailed a success, the outdoor festival suffered from rain and resultant street flooding.[25] This caused the Growlers to delay their own set due to equipment damage.[23] In the aftermath, the band issued an apology.[26]

Due to an ongoing lawsuit with Noise Group (owners of The Observatory venue) over the Beach Goth trademark,[27] 2017's festival took on the name "The Growlers Six", which took place on October 28 & 29 at the LA Waterfront. The festival included artists such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and the Butthole Surfers.[28]

The Growlers returned to their trademarked "Beach Goth" brand name for the 7th annual festival, taking place at the Los Angeles Historic State Park on August 5th, 2018. Beach Goth 7 hosted performances by The Growlers, Jonathan Richman, The Voidz, The Drums, La Luz, and GWAR.[29]



  • Are You In or Out? (2009), Everloving Records
  • Hot Tropics (2010), Everloving Records
  • Gilded Pleasures (2013), Everloving Records (US), Smack Face Records (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Hung at Heart (2013) Everloving Records (US), FatCat Records (UK & Europe), Smack Face Records (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Chinese Fountain (2014) Everloving Records (US), FatCat Records (UK & Europe), Smack Face Records (Australia & New Zealand)
  • City Club (2016) Cult Records (US/EU)
  • Casual Acquaintances (2018) Beach Goth Records and Tapes (US)


  • Split Growlers/Thee Ludds (2011), Palmist, limited to 500 copies[30]
  • Gay Thoughts/Uncle Sam's a Dick (2013), Ayo Silver[31]
  • Not. Psych!/Gilded Pleasures EP (2013), Fat Cat Records (EU),[32] Everloving Records (US), Smack Face Records (Australia & New Zealand)
  • Lonely This Christmas (2017), Beach Goth Records


  • "Gay Thoughts" / "Feeling Good" (2011), Everloving, limited to 1000 copies on 7" vinyl[33]
  • "Uncle Sam's a Dick" / "Drinking Song for Kids" (2012), no label, limited to 500 copies, of which 250 each were sold online and at concerts on 7" vinyl[34]
  • "Late Bloomers" (2017), Cult Records LLC
  • "Monotonia" (2017), Beach Goth Records
  • "California" (2017), Beach Goth Records


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