The Growlers

The Growlers

All Ages
The Growlers at The Ready Room Monday June 8 Doors 730 / Show 8

Led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor, The

Growlers have forged their own twisted path on the global music scene since

their founding in 2006 in Dana Point, California. They’re the party band that grew

into a traveling circus, spawning their own annual event (Beach Goth) and

growing an international fanbase, while releasing six studio records that trace a

line from garage psych ballads to edgy radio pop.

On their first three records – Are You In Or Out? (2009), Hot Tropics (2010), and

Hung at Heart (2013) – The Growlers combined reverb-rich waves of vintage surf

rock with the dark, slow-burn melancholy of outlaw country. Chinese Fountain

(2014) introduced a new, disco-infused direction that saw them move away from

their swampy roots and relocate to Los Angeles. The band teamed up with

producer Julian Casablancas (and frontman of The Strokes) to make City Club

(2016), infusing their sound with Casablancas’ angular melodies and speaker-

popping mixes. 2018 brought Casual Acquaintances, a raw collection of City

Club-era demos and outtakes that – even as b-sides – ranks with the band’s

finest material.

Between records they toured constantly, raising their status as icons of the Los

Angeles music underground, capable of drawing arena-sized crowds for their

hometown shows. On their latest, self-produced record Natural Affair (2019), The

Growlers move their DIY aesthetic into an even sturdier, synthier, dancier sound,

bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and

ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.

Venue Information:
The Ready Room
4195 Manchester
St. Louis, MO, 63110