Are You In Or Out?, The Growlers

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The Growlers are a psychedelic 60s rock revival band that formed in California in 2006. Their first album, Are You In or Out?,  is quite a masterpiece that has been overlooked and forgotten with time. The album starts off with the upbeat, slinky, “Something Someone Jr,” which sets the tone for the retro-sounding tracks to follow. After a few more songs of a similar tone, the first side of the album comes to a climax with the epic “Old Cold River” which best demonstrates the characterizing lead-guitar style of The Growlers. Immediately after, there is a stark transition to “Wet Dreams,” a much slower, spookier song that references a mysterious, psychological love with devil. The second side of the album has its ups and downs: “Barnacle Beat” doesn’t exactly have a very notable melody, “Wandering Eyes” is a more artistic experimental piece, and “Acid Rain” has a uniquely bouncy, happy tone that makes it stand out and adds variety to the album. Since it’s an indie album, naturally there are some intermittent one-minute random interludes that seem more like soundtracks than songs. Overall, this complete album achieves the atmosphere and sound that I believe the Growlers are trying to create and leaves us feeling refreshed by their uniquely trippy vibe.

4.5

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Camille Hankel

Camille Hankel

Camille is a sophomore in the College studying Math and Computer Science. She enjoys folk rock, punk rock, and indie, and most all, pretending to know how to play these things on guitar. Camille is a co-host of her radio show The Underground Alliance, which airs Thursdays at 8:00am.

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  1. Mr. Schnoops

    lol Growlers so last summer get with the times Camille

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