Now Listening: City Club

Hey Aztecs! Here on Now Listening with Lala I am very pleased to announce that The Growlers have finally released their new album, City Club. I have been patiently awaiting new music from this Southern California band, and am very excited to break it down for you.

The Growlers are typically known for the coined term “Beach Goth”, which is also a music festival that is happening this October in Orange County. Now, this particular band combines garage rock with elements of surf, folk, and a bit of a rockabilly 60’s vibe. Their unique sound is what has given them such popularity in the last few years.

City Club, however, strays from the typical country rock that we’ve seen from The Growlers in the past. Produced by Julian Casablancas and Shawn Everett, this album contains a much more synth funk and retro vibe. Pulling elements from the disco era, the tracks on this album have a more electro pop sound than previous albums from The Growlers.

Not that different is any bad, City Club is side stepping into a direction that the band has not dipped their toes into yet. This album is still fantastic overall, but it just might take a few listens to warm up to the tracks.

A few popular and favorite tracks on the album so far include the first track, City Club. Upbeat and very dancey, this track still maintains that Growler’s attitude, full of reverb, just less synth. In addition, World Unglued is a very good track. Reminding me most similarly to The Growler’s previously folky sound, this particular track talks about just letting go of the world around you and setting yourself free. Swanky and eclectic, The Growler’s really nailed it with this song.

Take a listen to these awesome tracks below and don’t forget to tune into my show, In Your Speaker, from 3-4pm PST on Tuesdays! ❃

 

 

Now Listening: The Growlers

Have you heard? It’s that time of week again! Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of Now Listening by yours truly. Today we’ll be reviewing one of the fiercest bands on the prowl; The Growlers.

Originating in Southern California, and very close to home, this five man band formed in Dana Point in 2006. Known for their unique sound, The Growlers are responsible for the trademark “Beach Goth” and are considered to be where the Californian rock all started.

These garage rockers combine the use of heavy effects with the sounds of country, surf, and rock inspired by the music of the late 60’s. The reverb heavy result being their creation of psych pop! You may know the term Beach Goth from the festival thrown in the OC in October, but it’s also become this entire genre.How cool is that? The sound is completely unique to anything out there in music right now.The rise of Beach Goth has created a wave so big, you just can’t ignore it.

Not releasing any album until 2009, The Growlers have six albums and a couple EPs as well. Their last full album release in September of 2014, Chinese Fountain has catchy tunes of rock and roll hill billy hits. Personal favorites include Going Gets Tough and Dull Boy. Their most popular track off of 2013 release Hung At HeartOne Million Lovers is an absolutely accurate representation of this Californian rock that I’m talking about. Take a listen and I promise the Beach Goth will take over, you won’t have any choice but to dance along. Don’t worry, I’ve posted it below ;-).

If you were lucky enough to get the heads up, The Growlers played two nights in San Diego last week at the North Park Observatory! The Smile Now, Smile Later Tour has been playing dual night shows in cities up and down the West Coast. I granted the honor to go the second night, 2/17, and woah woah wee wow it was quite a show. Surrounded by lots of friends and all good people, I swear I had the time of my life. The band played every song you wanted to hear with so much precision and accuracy that you’d question whether you were listening to the recorded track or not. A blur of fluorescent lights and swaying dances, The Growlers are one heck of a band and a hell of a time.

So take a listen to the pioneers of Beach Goth below, I hope you dance at least half as much as I do. ❃

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bluest Boy: Mac Demarco

Yo yo yo, happy Saturday to all the goofs and goons out there! You may have noticed that the last few weeks have been STACKED with shows. In lieu, let’s review one of the best from the recent music scene.

For those of you who live under a rock, the Canadian kook formally known as Mac DeMarco played at The Observatory in North Park last night.

This multi-instrumentalist whose most recent album, Another One, was released in August, combines chill waves and jazzy blues to create a sound that will make you see God. Another One, which is more appropriately described as a mini album, consists of love songs and a scruffy collection of how to describe those strange feelings you get in your chest. DeMarco swooned the crowd by playing The Way You’d Love Her and slow jam, A Heart Like Hers. The songs off his most recent release leave you unguarded, lovesick, and wanting to lay in your bed all afternoon. While the twinkle of DeMarco’s smooth, rythmic ballads charmed us, he didn’t forget to focus on his discography as a whole.

Full of energy and radiating vibrance, Mac played all the songs you wanted to hear and more, including a solid Metallica encore, no joke. Covering all the bases with his most popular hits like Salad Days and Chamber of Reflection, the melancholy yet riffy blues kept the crowd energized and ready to jam until the end of time. Don’t worry, Mac also played Ode to Viceroy, a tribute to his favorite cigarettes, and eccentric funk jam Cooking Up Something Good. Constant crowd surfers and playful pushing didn’t leave any time for a bad time. Even the pepperoni playboy, Mac Demarco, crowd surfed! But in the midst of  such a rowdy crowd, Mac gently reminded us to be kind and take care of each other, a true saint and level headed hero of our time.

The sold out show attracted everyone and their mother, even one of my old high school teachers. If you did yourself the favor of attending this show, kudos. The captivating performance of Mac and his buds onstage brought camaraderie to the crowd as a whole. Life will never be the same. If you missed out, see this guy the at the next available opportunity!! I’m not joking, you will thank yourself in the end… and me for telling you to go. 😉

Speaking of seeing Mac DeMarco play, he’s up at BEACH GOTH this weekend and will be playing today! For those of you who really live under a rock, Beach Goth is a music festival in Orange County that was started by The Growlers in 2012. & it’s happening this weekend, right now! This being the fourth year of Beach Goth, it is the first year that the festival is stretched over the course of two days instead of one. I  attended last year and it was a blast, but I’m not at Beach Goth this year  because I don’t  think that two days suits the strength of the lineup. But to whoever is a Beach Goth, have fun, stay safe, drink lots of water, and don’t forget to dance!

That’s all from me this week, but before you go, give a listen to Mac DeMarco and some of my favorite Beach Goth artists this year!