Produced by the Strokes' Julian Casablancas in Tandem with Grammy-Winning Engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, War On Drugs)
Cult Records is proud to present City Club, the new long player from California scuzz rockers The Growlers. Produced by Cult label head (and frontman for The Strokes) Julian Casablancas in tandem with Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, War On Drugs), the album is a massive step forward for the band, showcasing a richer sound and focused, anthemic songwriting. From the disco skronk of title track "City Club" to the William Onyeabor-inspired Afrogroove of "I'll Be Around," the record marks a twist on their Beach Goth sonics. It's still a swirl of reggae, punk, ragged country, and twangy psychedelia, but now with prominent synthesizers, danceable beats and some serious anthems.
High in the hills of Topanga Canyon, CA, the City Club demos began as loops on loops, with Matt Taylor inspired by his recent forays into the catalogs of weirdo geniuses like Haruomi Hosono, Dwight Twilley and Todd Rundgren. Singer and lyricist Brooks Nielsen then layered on vocal tracks and melodies. "I was really into Afrofunk when we made this record," says Nielsen, "and a lot of English 70s punk I listened to as a kid, particularly when Jamaica was mixing in with all the punk kids." The band brought the works-in-progress to Everett's studio in downtown Los Angeles. Production guidance came from Julian, and the record soon took on a new shape.
As dark as the album's lyrical themes may be, the future is looking very bright for The Growlers. New audiences, new exposure, new sounds, new noise. And now with City Club, the beach may be in the distance, but the goth still lingers. It's a night ride into the depths of Los Angeles, a damaged rear view that rewards with every listen, on the car stereo, in the club, at the festival. Light one up; pour one out. It's City Club.
"Nor gypsy, nor skater, nor goth, nor hobo, nor surfer, nor punk, yet somehow all of these things. The Growlers just might be the most interesting band in the world, certainly one of the coolest." - Julian Casablancas