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Live Review: The Growlers at the Troubadour

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Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge stage rush at the Growlers - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • stage rush at the Growlers

WHO: The Growlers

WHERE: Troubadour

WHEN: 7/1/11

It was a spazzed-out, hopped-up, sweaty set of pure fun at Friday night's holiday weekend kick-off with the Growlers and their devoted, drunken fans.

Partly made up of beach-bums with some gothy trendsetters thrown in, the Growlers gathered a mass of peeps who just wanted to bust it out on the dance floor now that the cool grey downer of June's gloom has finally burned off. Needless to say, The Growlers' pro-summer soundtrack of mostly bouncing, rollicking and suped-up garage rock melodica went down smoothly.

click to enlarge stage rush at the Growlers - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • stage rush at the Growlers

click to enlarge on stage revelry  at the Growlers - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • on stage revelry at the Growlers
The dimly-lit show was played out with a super-casual, house party vibe. Free of rock n roll frills - no colored light show, no announcer coming to stage to introduce the band - Friday night belonged to the Growlers just throwing out easy, warm and blissed-out tunes with their signature, subtle undercurrent of creepy/dark tones. Like, did they just slip the Munster's theme song into their set?

click to enlarge Real men wear roses - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • Real men wear roses

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