The Sound Floor is happy to announce that we are co-sponsoring the inaugural West Campus Block Party (WCBP) tomorrow, Saturday April 25th! WCBP is a full day music festival showcasing Austin’s best undiscovered talent on three major stages located at 21st CO-OP, Pearl Street CO-OP and Eden House.

Earlier this month we sat down with members of the band Growl who are headlining the Pearl Street CO-OP Stage at 9:00. We’ll have a full article on Growl next week, but today we’d like to preview the band and give you some thoughts on how they approach a show like WCBP.

Photo Credit: Phoebe Discoll

Photo Credit: Phoebe Discoll

Growl consists of Santiago (singer), Sam (guitar), Jonny (bass) and Kent (drums),  four students at The University of Texas who met in film school and have been refining their brand of Garage-Pop ever since.  Over the past two years Growl has been stepping up their game with the release of two EP’s (Gallery and No Years), a live album (Live at the Blue Dream) and handful of mini tours.

When asked how Growl approaches each live show, Santiago is quick to say that “we really don’t like to play the same show twice.” When asked about the band performing at a show such as WCBP Kent states “we're definitely going to approach it like a house show.”

Growl’s sound was born at these West Campus house parties and while the band has leaped to local venues such as Hotel Vegas, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Holy Mountain and The Mohawk, they are always happy to return to their roots. “Our sound caters itself to a house party. Simple songs that are energetic and if it gets noisy, then it’s kind of good for us. People like it.  We have some songs that we only pull out for house shows. Like “Girlfriend” off our debut EP. We almost never play that one anymore but it’s short, it’s catchy, and it’s fast.”, says Jonny.

So be sure to come out to West Campus Block Party, say hello the The Sound Floor team and check out Growl. We have a feeling they’re gonna have something special up their sleeve.


Header photo credit: Katrina Barber