Tomorrow’s music today.
Unlike, say, The Lemonheads, Growing are a band with a literal soubriquet: their evolutionary noise and experimental rock exploits provoke a sense of advancing ambience, metal progression and, well, growing. They’ve recorded for Mogwai’s Rock Action imprint, amongst others. We corner axe-master Joe DeNardo in a Brooklyn vice hideout (by which we mean laundromat).
How and why did you form, and who’s in the band?
Me and Kevin [Doria, bass] started Growing ten years ago in Olympia, Washington when we were bored college students living in a punk house. Currently we’re a three piece: me, Kevin and Sadie Laska [drums].
What words would you use to best describe Growing?
Abstract, dynamic, loud and musical.
What can we expect from your live show?
We use a lot of amps and try to play really loud, so if you’re in the room you can’t miss us. I like to see my signal path physically in front of me, and be able to manipulate the parameters with both hands. I think guitars are still really cool and good sounding.
You’re pro-analogue and anti-laptop, right?
Sure. I think there’s more than enough virtual reality in my life. I’d like to keep the stage as free of it as possible, outside of my own head.
Have you played in Scotland before?
We played Glasgow many years ago and had a blast. Partied late and woke up to the sound of a piper on a hillside. We can’t wait to visit again.
Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow, Fri 24 Jul.