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Album Review

The follow-up to 2014's demented Chinese Fountain, the propulsive City Club does away with the genre-hopping, "beach goth" aesthetic of prior outings, and installs a new, more streamlined foundation that favors punchy synths and a newly funked-up rhythm section. While the Growlers have always been a shifty bunch, it's hard not to attribute a great deal of this sea change to producer Julian Casablancas, who applies a significant amount of Strokes-ian swagger to the 11-track set. That cocksure, backbeat, and overdriven vocals-heavy style serves tracks like "City Club," "I'll Be Around," "Rubber & Bone," and "Speed Living" well, applying some much appreciated tightening to the band's spirited but ramshackle brand of nervy west coast psych-pop. However, in ditching so much of the sonic weirdness, the Growlers seem less inclined to go against the tide with their songwriting, resulting in something that feels like it has more in common with a Casablancas solo LP than it does the MGMT/Flaming Lips/Unknown Mortal Orchestra freakouts of yore. Still, there is a definite pulse that drives these songs, and while the band may have dumped their empties into the campfire and headed inland, they're still willing to stay up until the wee hours. City Club may not be what fans were expecting, but it's by far the Growlers' most immediate and accessible collection of songs to date.

Customer Reviews

Something different .. I like it!

Its not the Beach Goth that we all know and love, but it's amazing!

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"Omg they're total sellouts, but I do like a few songs." LOL y'all petty af. Like every other band (famous or not) they gotta change sound throughout their albums. That doesn't mean they are losing their true selves, they just wanna experiment. They've come a long way, they deserve it. So proud of them & can't wait to see them live again! Another great album with different perspectives, different emotions, but same rad band out of Costa Mesa...deal.with.it. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

Sell out

Literally nothing like the band I fell in love with years ago. I knew a guy who grew up with these cats. Straight up garage band from SoCal that killed it for the locals. Now famous, they can afford new keyboards and microphones. However, have completely lost that beach goth cassette rhythm from earlier albums. Chinese fountain was the beginning of an end to such an original sound for this generation. I'll never see them live with this crap in the lineup.

Biography

Formed: Costa Mesa, California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based out of the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, West Coast garage rockers the Growlers evoke the psych pop sound of 1960s California with their signature blend of reverb-laden surf rock, country-folk, and classic rock. Formed in 2006, the self-described "Beach Goth" outfit went through numerous personnel changes before settling on the core lineup of Brooks Nielsen (vocals), Matt Taylor (lead guitar), Scott Montoya (drums), Anthony Braun Perry (bass), and Kyle Straka (keyboards, guitar). They issued...
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