Third Beach Goth is a charm. Are you in or are you out? This week the Growlers put on their Beach Goth Music Festival at the Observatory in Santa Ana California and we were IN to witness all their tricks and treats.
The day was jam packed with live music and performances from local favorite Burger Records bands like The Garden, Gap Dream, and Cosmonauts, all the way to rap genius Gza, shoegaze babes DIIV and everything else in between. It was also decked out in beach vibes, goth vibes, Oompa Loompas, carnival rides, ’90s rave décor and lots of teenagers in costumes making out.
It’s complicated to explain because that’s exactly what it was: a complicated teenage wasteland amidst a pool of rock ‘n’ rollers. To attend was like living in a Dali painting – sort of freaky, seemingly cool, borderline genius, trippy and terrifying – but when it all comes together it makes for a beautiful work of art.
The Growlers were there to guide and host you through the weirdness for better or worse. Somewhere between the booze, the photobooth photos, Foxygen and cheeseburgers, we had Guitarist/ Keyboardist of the Growlers, Kyle Straka — better known as “Uncle Ronnie” — take us for a little tour around the Artist VIP area to bring you a taste of the feels at Beach Goth 2014. —Asal Shahindoust
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PHOTOS: Isaac Zoller and Michael Cukr