We're well aware that the "imagine X band on acid" trope is a pretty hack move, but every so often, it's too on-point to pass up. So picture, if you will, Atlanta's flower-punk progenitors the Black Lips, recast as So Cal commune dropouts and pumped full of that old electric Kool-Aid. When we premiered the Growlers' summer single, "Uncle Sam's a Dick," these paisley-partial Costa Mesa boys were looking forward to an October LP full of their so-called "beach goth" produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. But as reported in August, when SPIN shared the psyched garage rock mantra "One Million Lovers," that album was indefinitely shelved, so Growlers got up, dusted the sand from their sarongs, and went to work on Hung at Heart, due January 22 via Everloving. The colorful, shambolic "Row" hails from that long-player and comes to life in the video above, where the motley young hippies whip up a big batch of weird amidst prop waves, life-size chimpanzee dolls, surfboards, and pinwheeling projections. The Growlers hit the road in January — dates below.
The Growlers, Hung at Heart track list:
2. "Naked Kids"
3. "Salt on a Slug"
4. "One Million Lovers"
5. "No Need for Eyes"
6. "Living in a Memory"
7. "Pet Shop Eyes"
8. "In Between"
9. "Burden of the Captain"
11. "It's No Use"
12. "Use Me for your Eggs"
13. "Derka Blues"
14. "Beach Rats"
15. "The Fruit is for Everyone"
The Growlers 2013 tour dates:
1/4 - Tucson, AZ @ Plush
1/5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
1/6 - Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits
1/8 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
1/9 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Outside)
1/10 - Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
1/11 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs
1/12 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
1/14 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
1/15 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
1/16 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
1/17 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder at FSU
1/18 - Atlanta, GA @ 529
1/19 - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
1/20 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
1/22 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
1/23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
1/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
1/25 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
1/26 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
1/27 - Montreal, QC CANADA @ Sala Rossa
1/28 - Toronto, ON CANADA @ Horseshoe Tavern
1/29 - Meadville, PA @ Grounds For Change @ Allegheny College
1/30 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
1/31 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
2/1 - Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller, U of Wisc
2/2 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
2/3 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/5 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
2/6 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Hodi's Half Note
2/7 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
2/8 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2/9 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge