The Growlers

Beach Goth Tour 2018

The Growlers

Kirin J Callinan

Tue, October 16, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Glass House

Pomona, CA


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This event is all ages

The Growlers
The Growlers
The growlers are a rock and pop group formed in long beach California in 2006 who are yet to became one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands in the history of popular music. During their years of stardom yet to come, the band consists of Brooks Nielson (vocals) Scott Montoya(bass guitar, vocals,), Matt Taylor(lead guitar, vocals) and Brian “don’t surf” Stewart (drums, vocals). They were managed by their own alter ego Epstein until his death in 2009. Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1960s rock and roll and skiffle, the group works with different musical genres, ranging from ice flossing hip hop to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements have made them trend-setters. While their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions. During the release of their first album and their ongoing singles releases, they have experimented with recording techniques that have the ability to bend sound in ways only drugs can. By now this “bent sound” has been perfected in their live act that some onlookers call “groovy” and or “sick”. The groovy unexcelled value in Lo fidelity sound is their stock and trade. They are the result of a combination of skilled modern engineering techniques and the very finest outdated recording and amplified equipment. The Growlers sound is best exemplified through Nielson’s cryptic lyrics and the relationship it has with matt Taylor. As if the two are each other’s half. Though they complete each other, they compel and challenge one another in ways only the frequent growler fan can truly understand. Perhaps it is what the growler fan feels while taking part in the drug wave of bent sound
Kirin J Callinan
Kirin J Callinan
After spending the past few years as something of a journeyman, it comes as no surprise that Kirin J Callinan’s second album, Bravado, is a creation with few boundaries.
What does come as a surprise, even for those who have come to expect the unexpected from Kirin, is the stylistic direction undertaken on Bravado. With his 2013 debut album Embracism, Kirin emerged as a firebrand guitarist, pushing the instrument’s capabilities to logical extremes. On Bravado, industrial macho menace has been relegated to the side-lines. In its place?
Unabashed EDM euphoria. Slow-burning adoration garnered by Embracism fuelled something of a multiyear voyage for Kirin J Callinan. Like all good adventures, Bravado isn’t so much about the setting, but the people met along the way. The paradox of Kirin J Callinan is that of being recognised by peers as an artist
without peer, resulting in an almost irresistible tractor beam for meaningful collaboration. After presenting as a singular figure on his debut, Kirin now celebrates newfound and longstanding alliances on Bravado’s tracklist with an
eclectic cast of featured guests. Likeminded contemporaries such as Mac DeMarco, Weyes Blood, Connan Mockasin and Alex Cameron stand alongside iconic Antipodean voices Neil
Finn and Jimmy Barnes. It’s an act of parlaying mutual respect into creation. Jimmy Barnes gifted his world-conquering vocal to ‘Big Enough’ after Kirin penned a heartfelt letter requesting the services of the “most iconic scream in rock history”. Barnesy obliged with an above-and-beyond ear-bursting wail (complemented by the tranquil tones of champion whistler Molly Lewis). An overt sense of togetherness imbues Kirin’s prior exploration of sex and death with a celebratory tone, contrasting with the previous album’s isolated aggression. Amongst the exaggerated EDM drops and sentimental balladry, a
sincere form of humanity prevails. The core collaboration at the heart of Bravado is that of Kirin and the album’s producer, Aaron Cupples (The Drones, Paul Kelly, Dan Kelly). The creative partnership came about in London, Kirin being introduced to the producer by operatic songstress Sophia Brous, initially to record a duet cover of k.d. lang’s ‘Constant Craving’ for a mutual friends wedding. Since that moment, Kirin lived with & worked alongside Aaron throughout the recording process for Bravado.
“I’m jacked on how international the record feels,” Kirin states. Bravado extends its scope beyond the locations visited during its creation. With the bulk of the album’s creation taking place in London, new elements were added during North American tours and back home in Australia. The result isn’t anchored to any geographical location, conveying a united globe in celebration.
The over-arching tone on Bravado is defiantly triumphant. “I had a lot of selfdoubt whether the timing is right,” Kirin says. “It may have been too soon a year or two ago. But I think now, more than ever, it’s a time to celebrate the good things, to celebrate each other. Not that the world is necessarily lookin’ to me for the answers… just yet” For all the album’s universal characteristics, Kirin still calls Sydney home. While newfound influences are at the fore of the record, Kirin’s long standing reverence for Australia’s great songwriting history shines through. ‘Friend Of Lindy Morrison’ pays homage to the legendary Go-Betweens drummer.
A distinct brand of wry humour, an extension of Kirin’s character, threads Bravado. It’s there on the cover: achieving sincerity while taking the piss, without it being contradictory. The nature of this spectrum makes Bravado impossible to pigeonhole. The record often employs lowbrow sonic devices as a bait and switch, rewarding a look beyond the gaudy window dressing.
Late last year, Kirin was hand-picked by Crowded House as special guest for their four night landmark return to the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Kirin has just been announced on the 2017 lineup for Splendour In The Grass, and is also starring in season two of the critically acclaimed & Emmy Award winning Jane
Campion drama Top Of The Lake, due for release in 2017.

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Venue Information:
The Glass House
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766