Psychedelic swamp rockers the Growlers, of Costa Mesa, launch 2010 with an Eastern U.S. tour opening for Dr. Dog, which recently signed to Anti Records (Tom Waits, Neko case). Having just put out their first official full length record under the Everloving label, the Growlers have seen a great deal of success in the past year. They're currently in rehearsal mode, prepping to hit the road in late January. I sat down with Brooks Nielsen to fire off a couple questions at their studio in Costa Mesa. Their rehearsal space, by the way, is amazing. It feels like walking into a bad acid trip, or maybe a good one? The Growlers are touring behind the 2009 release Are You In or Out. If you don't have this record, get it from itunes or visit everloving.com.
OC Weekly (Nolan Hall): Is this your first tour venturing into the east?
It's our first tour past Nevada. We've been up to Washington and back a couple times, but we're excited for this one. It's 18 dates with Dr. Dog, and then we booked some of our own stuff after the tour on the way home.
Are you all traveling in the famous Growlers Bread Truck?
I don't think the bread truck will make it, I'm meeting this hippie in Oxnard to buy an old 35-foot diesel school bus. This hippie dude converts the inside of them, with beds and living space. Its gonna be all six growlers plus a merch person to balance out the tribe. It gets a little crazy on tour when everyone is all cooped up.
And I saw you guys have a warm up show in Vegas?
(Laughs) yeah, sounds kinda ridiculous. The next day we have the longest drive of the tour to New York, everyone will probably be hungover. Bummer for whoever has to drive that day.