Beach Goth is the brainchild of The Growlers, a unique surf punk band based in Costa Mesa that embodies everything raw and real about the hip, underground culture of California coastal cities. This year the festival that is quickly gaining momentum will be held at a new venue, Oak Creek Canyon, boasting 750 acres of forest and a lake in the mountains in Orange County, CA. Previously a festival known for its punk/ garage rock scene, it has expanded to include a variety of genres including indie-alternative, rap, and downtempo electronic.
This was an exciting year for multiple festival headliners including Bon Iver who just dropped a brand new album, 22, A Million, a few days ago, Justice who released a new single in July after six years and James Blake who gave us, The Colour in Anything, in May. It is evident that the artists chosen for Beach Goth are innovators in progressive sound distortion. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver works with engineer, Chris Messina, on his new album to take his haunting high-pitched vocals to another level adding new synthesizer techniques and samples with technology uniquely developed by Messina. This festival is the opportunity to see new material pour out of these moody, progressive musicians live for the first time and all at once.
These few days in October will easily come and go with a plethora of other fall and Halloween festivals and events happening all this month, but if you choose to be there you will undoubtedly witness these artists at a very thrilling time in their music careers that may never come again. Oh, and in case there was any question about it, The Growlers themselves will make a special headlining performance keeping the original spirit of the festival alive- they only plan for it all year round.