ALBUM REVIEW: The Growlers Recaptures Their Beach Goth Sound on ‘Casual Acquaintances’

Long live The Growlers.

Casual Acquaintances is the sixth studio album from Southern California cult indie rockers The Growlers.

Following 2016’s strong but divergent City Club, which featured a slicked-up production aesthetic courtesy of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Casual Acquaintances is very much a return to the band’s trademark “beach goth” sound.

The gravely voice of frontman Brooks Nielsen often sounds like it was recorded through a tin can, as the band plays its version of haunted tiki bar music, surrounded by a foggy atmosphere that alternatingly sounds like Joy Division, The 13th Floor Elevators and Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” Long live The Growlers.

Score: 🛁🛁🛁🛁/5