Let's just come out and say it: The Growlers are the
biggest band you've never heard of. Icons of the Los
Angeles underground music scene and fan favorites
the world over, the band managed to fly under the
radar of mainstream attention while building a
passionate following that rivals some of the biggest
acts on the festival circuit.
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 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.