Aussie band growls out a new album

by Oliver Petraitis, KRUA Music Manager

What do beards, feedback, and vocal static have in common? They’re all fuzzy.

Straight from Australia, The Growl’s new 11-song album “What Would Christ Do?” is a hazy, bluesy indie rock album that lives up to its ambitiously growling title.

The Growl achieves a sound that is very simi­lar to the fuzziness of older Black Keys records, but with a more sophisticated production style and occasional electronic influences unexpect­edly sauntering in.

The album is ripe with opposites. Songs like “Eleven,” “Cleaver Lever” and “John the Rev­elator” are pipe-busting, harmonica-wailing, reverb-rocking knockouts that contort the face of front man Cam Avery.

Songs like “Fee Fi Fo Fum,” which features some Venice-style accordion and stripped-down folklore banjo, and “In The Belly Of The Beast” slow to a mal-tempered crawl. Both tracks have a distinct Tom Waits-like sound. Then the band jumps headlong into grimy experimental noise on “NIYWTLWOE.”

“More” is a melodious slow-goer that is both hollow in spirit but full in soul. On the whole, the album is full of surprises.

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The prevailing grungy sound kicks down the door, and the electronic instrumentation turns heads toward these newcomers. The Growl has set themselves up for future success with this album.