Good news for fans of Dana Point's The Growlers. Today, the group announced that their third album, Hung at Heart, will be released on November 13 via Everloving Records. It was recorded in Nashville and was initially produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who has been involved in multiple projects in this capacity in the past year.
If the first song from their album is any indication of what's to come, then fans will be pleased that the band's brand surf psych rock hasn't changed. If you don't believe us, take a listen here.
When we spoke to front man Brooks Nielsen earlier this summer, he elaborated on what it's been like trying to finish up the record. Even during their 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.”
The band's only area show upcoming will be in Los Angeles this Saturday at the FYF Fest.