Surfers and musicians recording tracks in an old pump house in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon, The Growlers are releasing their newest EP, Gilded Pleasures. The record is simple and soulful. It has an R&B feel, which accompanies their previous release, Hung At Heart, perfectly.
Listen to The Growlers newest EP Gilded Pleasures, which premiered recently at Noisey.
One of our favorites by The Growlers, called “Beach Rats.”
An American rock group formed in Dana Point, California, The Growlers consist of Brooks Nielsen, Matt Taylor, Scott Montoya Anthony Braun Perry and Kyle Straka. Recently, they put together 9 songs in under two weeks. The Surf Channel was blown away by their recent performance at this summer’s Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, and we wanted to inside scoop on their latest album. So, we talked to The Growlers‘ Brooks Nielsen in this exclusive interview.
“Writing songs comes easy… Our love for creating is never-ending. It’s the guidelines that create difficulties,” Nielsen explained.
The Surf Channel: Why the album name, Gilded Pleasures?
Brooks Nielsen: “We made simple songs with a little soul for our satisfaction, then we brought them into the studio and covered them with reverb and ribbons of tape for our fans listening pleasure. This record reminds me a lot of the early Growlers that most of our new fans never got the chance to hear,” said Nielsen.
TSC: Music inspiration?
Warren Thomas from the Abigails and Alex Knost.
TSC: How would you guys describe your sound?
Older sounding rock and roll with some psychedelic. We like to dabble in a lot of genres. People call us “beach goth.”
TSC: How long have you been playing together?
TSCL Has surfing inspired your music at all?
I grew up at Salt Creek [Laguna Beach, Southern California] and was influenced by all of the early Lost surf videos, and later got into old surf movies. I was inspired by all of that music.
TSC: Favorite surf spot?
Gravels and Salt Creek in Dana Point.
I have 30 broken boards and one working 5’2” twin fin pin tail. I think it was shaped in the 80’s.
TSC: Have any advice for aspiring musicians?
Write as many songs as you can. Every show will have problems, so don’t trip on it. Find band mates with good character and tour as soon as you can.
TSC: What’s next?
Just finished a new record called, Gilded Pleasures out in September. Touring US/Canada in Sept/Oct. Europe in Oct/Nov. The second annual Beach Goth party is October 18-19th in Santa Ana at the Observatory.
TSC: What do you think about a channel dedicated to surfing and surf music?
Getting more people stoked on the ocean is always good. Maybe it will help people take better care of it.