Long Beach-OC-ish band the Growlers bring to mind Jonathan Richman's famous quote about the Velvet Underground: “They made an atmosphere, and I knew then that I could make one too,” he said way back circa the banana LP, and the Growlers now exist amid the same strange fog and smoke.

Listen yourself on their recent Hot Tropics full-length from Everloving: They take the kind of weirdo influences made almost normal thanks to the Internet teaching everyone everything–African psych, sub-basement punk, freaked-out old-time blues and country–and still come up with their own individual strangeness. (Thanks in large part to the unflappable Warren T. on customized bongo kit.) During SXSW, Bill Murray had a blast with them.

They also tool around an unprepared America in a bus that's something between Further and the Iron Corpse mobile in Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains. But between recent tooling, they recorded these two songs with L.A.'s Wilcox Sessions. One above, one within, and new tour dates hiding in there, too.


12/09 – Palm Springs, CA – JDee's Landing

12/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

12/11 – Mexicali, MX – Bar Monaco

12/23 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

12/28 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

12/29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

12/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

12/31 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock Tavern

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