The traveling, psychedelic surf bum circus continues next month as the Growlers prepare another round of West Coast tour dates. In anticipation of their new album, Hung at Heart (the due date has been pushed again to Jan 22), mustachioed frontman Brooks Nielsen and company embark on 10 dates up and down the California coast starting December 14.That also includes a major pit stop in the LBC to take over Alex's Bar. What happens when a punk rock Day of the Dead-themed bar gets injected with a but-full of hipster debauchery and trippy gothic surf music for three nights in a row...God only knows. Click through for the full list of dates.
12/14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
12/15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
12/18 - Monterey, CA - The Lobby @ Golden State Theatre
12/19 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
12/20 - Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar
12/21 - Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar
12/22 - Long Beach, CA - Alex's Bar
12/27 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12/28 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
12/29 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOhO
The band recently celebrated the birth of the record in October with their Beach Goth Party at the Observatory in Santa Ana. When we spoke to Nielsen earlier this summer, he elaborated on what it's been like trying to finish up the record. Even during this Coachella stint, the band spent their time going back and forth to their recording studio between both weekends just to work on the record, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Despite the wisdom and clout of Auerbach, the statement issued by the band indicated that he did not stay on to bring the record to it's finished state and the band wound up doing it themselves.
"It's been killing me," Nielsen said back in July. "It's taking way too long. It's nice to be finished with it finally, but that doesn't mean it's coming out tomorrow. Hopefully we get it out by October." Considering the band's typical style of recording and releasing music on their own schedule at their own studio, the wait to release the album and trimming it down is especially frustrating. "We record a lot of music, we have the opportunity to record a lot in our studio, but the industry isn't set up to release music that quickly," Nielsen says. "The industry calls for short, edible albums for people with short attention spans. We get slowed down by having to grow up and be professional. But this record is gonna have 15 songs on it, so by today's standards it's a longer album."
Nate Jackson is the gatekeeper to your dreams of local dive bar stardom. If he writes about you, expect your band to be offered at least one more drink ticket than the rest of the bands on the bill. Get his attention with some groovy tunes and he might just do it. Then, boy will you feel special.