Gabbing with The Growlers at Loosey’s
On the first Thursday of November 2015, I had the pleasure of attending not one, but TWO sold out shows downtown at Loosey’s. Each set featured the same mind-blowing band: The Growlers.
That’s right. The Growlers are so desired in Gainesville that Loosey’s had to ask them if they could play two sets to fulfill the needs of all of their fans in north central Florida. And the band delivered.
Both sets were flawless, of course. The members of “Los Growlers” were able to perform live and sound just like they do in the recordings that we all know such as “One Million Lovers” and “Someday.”
What impressed me the most was the way they treated their fans, aka the people that waited hours in line to make sure they got in to see the trending psychedelic-rock band. After the first set, fans were more than welcome to take a look around in the band’s tour bus, and not one supporter was turned down for a picture with a “Growler” or an autograph. Although the band from L.A. has a steady following (over 100k likes on Facebook), the members still have a very grounded and humble persona.
I had a great time getting to know Kyle Straka, and Matt Taylor – rhythm and lead guitarists of the band.
Q: What’s the most dangerous situation you’ve gotten yourselves into on tour?
One time we were on our way to San Francisco, and we ended up in this place called “A-Town.” I don’t know what it was really called but that’s what these kids told us it was called. We went to a Subway, and we were hanging out in the parking lot. It was probably around noon, and these fifteen year old kids on BMX bikes approached us and started talking sh*t to us for some reason. They were like, “HEY! Stay the f*ck out of A-Town.” We all started laughing and looked around and these kids were really holding their ground with their BMX bikes. So I’m looking around, and my friends’ faces start changing from laughing to kind of serious, so I started laughing…this is such a stupid story, I’m sorry.
Q: What’s the most disastrous show you’ve ever played?
One time, I actually brought a bottle of gasoline on stage and lit my amp on fire.
Because it’s badass. I actually burned down the venue.
Q: Did you get sued?
No, they paid me.
Q: Who gets into the most bar fights?
Probably me [Matt], I’ll probably go out and beat some ass. No, but seriously, no one has been in a fight in a very long time because how do you get in a bar fight when you’re playing and you have fans? No one’s paying to talk shit…but probably Brooks if anyone.
Q: If you weren’t playing music, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be a CEO of a huge company for toilet paper or something because it’s very necessary. Or I might own a cassette player company. I might design suits for rockers and makeup for animals.
Q: Who of all of you has the weirdest tattoo?
Brooks has one on his arm that says “Laguna Tuna” that’s drawn by our buddy. It’s a girl with her leg up. It’s pretty Picasso looking. I think the worst tattoo…Scott has a Transformer tattoo on his arm?
Q: How does this show differ from your show three years ago in Gainesville?
It’s the same exact thing, except we’re playing twice. This one I remember, but the last one I don’t…
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The Growlers are silly guys who just like to make rad music and party on. Be sure to catch them next time they’re in Gainesville. (Who knows, maybe they’ll play three sold out shows?)
Photos courtesy of The Growlers