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Growlers release “City Club” to acclaim

New album gets back to their roots.

Johnny Castorena, Reporter

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On Friday, September 30, The Growlers released their fifth studio album titled City Club. The album was produced by Julian Casablancas, the lead singer for The Strokes and it was also released on Casablancas’s record label, Cult Records.

With this new album The Growlers decided to change up their sound from the psychedelic “Beach Goth” sound to something more synth heavy. The change is something that Brooks Nielsen, (leader singer) says is something that needed to happen to keep it interesting.

The change of sound for The Growlers is something that doesn’t come off as a them trying to become more popular or mainstream. The new sound, sounds as if The Growlers are maturing from the “Beach goth” sound into something more poppier. The change of sound could be because the album was produced by Casablancas. Many of The Growlers fans weren’t too happy to hear that Casablancas was going to produce the album, and when the first single was released many people complained about their new sound.

I think that many of the people who are complaining about their new sound are in the wrong. I find City Club to be a perfect blend of the older Growlers albums and the new poppier sounding Growlers. City Club is exactly what i thought it would sound like, with every Growlers album the production has gone up and with City Club they continue to up the production. The Growlers pull of a 80’s sounding album that is actually really good.

I think that if The Growlers continue to keep on growing their sound they will make good music. The new sound will challenge long time Growlers fans but given time they will soon release that it is the same band but with a newer sound that is still good as the old sound.
I give City Club five stars out of five.  ★★★★★

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