Psycho Beach Party: Hear the Growlers’ ‘One Million Lovers’
Self-proclaimed "beach goth" bros opt for a grimier approach on forthcoming LP, 'Hung at Heart'
When their long-awaited, Dan Auerbach-produced project was indefinitely shelved, the Growlers struck out on their own to cut something more true to form: a garage rock LP with a name that sounds like the punch line to a dive bar dick joke. Enter Hung at Heart, due this November. Highlight “One Million Lovers” is a first taste of what the band concocted at their Costa Mesa warehouse/commune-cum-studio. Their retro vibe isn’t fetishized nostalgia — it’s dumpster-diving freegan collage: pitchy organ and plunky, country-western bass are punctuated by faux-dub echoes that hang like tapestries in a chill-bro den while vocalist Brooks Nielsen’s crooked flow plops down atop the hodgepodge as though he were delivering a side-eyed mantra. “You know you’re livin’,” he slurs, “When it all becomes a blur.”