Icons of the Los Angeles underground The Growlers are bringing their annual Halloween Beach Goth to the Hollywood Palladium on October 31, November 1, and November 2. Not only that, yesterday they dropped their much-anticipated new album Natural Affair!
ABOUT THE GROWLERS:
Led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor, The Growlers have forged their own twisted path on the global music scene since their founding in 2006 in Dana Point, California. They’re the party band that grew into a traveling circus, spawning their own annual event (Beach Goth) and growing an international fanbase, while releasing six studio records that trace a line from garage psych ballads to edgy radio pop. On their first three records – Are You In Or Out? (2009), Hot Tropics (2010), and Hung at Heart (2013) – The Growlers combined reverb-rich waves of vintage surf rock with the dark, slow-burn melancholy of outlaw country. Chinese Fountain (2014) introduced a new, disco-infused direction that saw them move away from their swampy roots and relocate to Los Angeles. The band teamed up with producer Julian Casablancas (and frontman of The Strokes) to make City Club (2016), infusing their sound with Casablancas’ angular melodies and speaker-popping mixes. 2018 brought Casual Acquaintances, a raw collection of City Club-era demos and outtakes that – even as b-sides – ranks with the band’s finest material. Between records they toured constantly, raising their status as icons of the Los Angeles music underground, capable of drawing arena-sized crowds for their hometown shows. On their latest, self-produced record Natural Affair (2019), The Growlers move their DIY aesthetic into an even sturdier, synthier, dancier sound, bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love.
BET Jams and BET Hip-Hop hosted the exclusive broadcast premiere.
The video, directed by Kid Art [Meek Mill Ft Drake, “Going Bad”], resembles nothing either rapper has ever done in the past, the cinematic clip immediately stands out. Whether it be luxury foreign purple whips balancing on top of each other or a gold chain link high wire connecting skyscrapers, these set pieces speak to the larger-than-life nature of this union between Icewear Vezzo and Big Sean. As they rap above the skyline on the flossy trapeze line, their undeniable and explosive chemistry practically bubbles over. Fittingly, the video culminates in an underground room with stacks of cash as our hometown heroes celebrate.
Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet ablaze with the brash and blunt banger “Drank God Back Freestyle.: Mass Appeal predicted, ”Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo,” and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of contemporary Detroit rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.
With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.
Jim James stopped by the Tonight Show’s backstage music room to perform a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” for a new installment of the Emmy nominated “Cover Room” series. “Cover Room” is a digital-only music series featuring artists performing covers of some of the most popular songs. It is shot in the same location each episode to illustrate how one space can be transformed to create a new, one-of-a-kind experience.