From crisscrossing the country in an old van when they were starting out to playing The Ellen DeGeneres Show in January where she called the trio “one of my favorite bands of the year,” The Growlers are proof that hard work pays off.
Formed in Orange County, California back in 2006, the band is currently comprised of frontman Brooks Nielsen, guitarist Matt Taylor and keyboardist and guitarist Kyle Straka. They’ll be making their way to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s Backyard Stage tomorrow night.
“We’re really in our own world,” Nielsen says. “I don’t listen to outside perspectives. I’ve never been on social media. I don’t know anything about current music. I read a lot of old books. I only eat and breathe and live Growlers.”
Over the past eight years, the guys have released five albums, three EPs and a number of singles. Their sound ranges from garage rock to synthpop plain old rock ‘n’ roll.
Their latest album, “City Club,” which dropped in September of 2016 on Cult Records, enlisted some heavy hitters including co-producer Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes, and co-producer Shawn Everett, who has worked with everyone from John Legend to Alabama Shakes.
“Shawn is just amazing. He’s very talented and a total workhorse. What he does, he doesn’t do it through talking,” Nielsen says of working with his co-producers.
“With Julian, we brought the songs pretty much complete. On past albums, we were young and dumb — trying to push too much and just ended up making ghetto recordings by ourselves.”
“The band is still together and I feel really lucky,” Nielsen says when asked about the musical outfit’s growth. “It’s been nonstop. We’ve been working together for so long and we’ve pulled through it all, which I’m thankful for. We just try and do it better every time we play.”
The Growlers will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s Backyard Stage. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.
For information, go to staugamphitheatre.com.