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Stream the Growlers’ Full So Cal Surf-Psych Opus ‘Hung at Heart’

Growlers Hung at Heart Album Stream

When we first met Southern Cal surf-rock psychonauts the Growlers, those paisley-preferring acid heads declared “Uncle Sam’s a Dick” and teased us with the idea of a breakthrough produced by Black Keys main man Dan Auerbach. While we doubt their nuanced position on taxation and debt has changed much since last summer, the high-profile assist proved unfruitful — as the Growlers’ label explains, “Indie Iron Chef Dan Auerbach had initially tried his hand in the kitchen but when the dish ended up overcooked, the Growlers brought it back to the home kitchen, drank the juice and started over.” As it should be. If there’s a band that marches to its own woozy, slippery beat, it’s the one fronted by Brooks Nielsen, the very same fella who sings about turning tall boys into champagne and bologna into steak on Hung at Heart‘s swooning opener, “Someday.” Elsewhere the Growlers play like cowpokes in a dusty honkytonk (“Living in a Memory”) or worldly weirdos on a cross-continental trip (“Row”). Either way, you should ride with these boys wherever they wanna take you. Stream Hung at Heart, due out January 22, courtesy of Everloving Records and Rdio.

The Growlers tour dates:

January 15 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
January 16 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
January 17 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder at FSU
January 18 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
January 19 – Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
January 20 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
January 22 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
January 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
January 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
January 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
January 26 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
January 27 – Montreal, QC CANADA @ Sala Rossa
January 28 – Toronto, ON CANADA @ Horseshoe Tavern
January 29 – Meadville, PA @ Grounds for Change, Allegheny College
January 30 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
January 31 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
February 1 – Madison, WI @ Der Rathskeller, U of Wisc
February 2 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
February 3 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
February 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
February 6 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
February 7 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
February 8 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
February 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
February 13 – Vancouver, BC, CANADA – Electric Owl
February 14 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
February 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theatre