Posted on 2/4/2013
Hung at Heart
The latest record from California psych-surf rockers The Growlers, and third full-length overall, finds the So-Cal five-piece successfully expanding their sonic palette of sounds while still retaining their heartbroken lyrical core, making for a collection of sunny yet sorrowful odes to ‘60s garage rock. Despite the obvious influences of vintage surf-rock throughout the record, the band keeps their sound relevant by combining their classic sound with modern psychedelic and roots rock influences, such as Deer Tick and Walkmen.
Ditching much of their lo-fi quirkiness from past records for a more crispier, retro sound, the sonic shift has proven to benefit the emotional core of these songs, such as the dark imagery of “No Need for Eyes” or the lovelorn hopefulness of “Someday”. Brooks Nielsen’s lyrical abilities sink in deeper than ever on this record, showing a band that can fully accept maturing without losing their swanky sound that attracted listeners in the first place.
Hung At Heart not only shows a band that can perfectly blend hazy philosophy with squelching beach grooves, but also shows how well a band can take their obvious influences and turn it into something fresh and lyrical, proving that surf rock can still deliver something meaningful and heartfelt. For fans of ‘60s garage rock and modern roots rock, this album is a must.
Written by Andy Engstrom, Radio K volunteer.
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