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VIDEO Presents: The Growlers, “Gay Thoughts” Live at Origami Vinyl (FILTER Exclusive)

By Staff on June 14, 2011 Presents: The Growlers, “Gay Thoughts” Live at Origami Vinyl (FILTER Exclusive) is a group of filmmakers and fans who’ve set out to document the artists, musicians and characters who perform in and around Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, California. They've taken the initiative of capturing live, intimate sets in the record store's loft or taking bands out into Los Angeles—on rooftops, surrounding streets and beyond—for one-of-a-kind takeaway shows around the city. Stay tuned monthly for more video features—needless to say, we're pretty big fans of what OnTheRecord's doing—and think you'll be, too.

On April 16th, 2011, vinyl aficionados across the country flocked to their local record stores in celebration of Record Store Day to show their support of independent music retailers and hopefully get lucky enough to snag a copy of one of the many limited edition EPs that went on sale in celebration of the event.

At Origami Vinyl in Echo Park, RSD rang in with a series of live performances and the special release of dozens of limited pressings. One of these discs was the 7" of "Gay Thoughts" by Costa Mesa outfit, The Growlers. The band descended onto the loft to play a full set, including the title track off their new 7". The store was packed to the gills, with scores of fans spilling out onto the streets in a mosh pit that only ended after the third encore.

Brooks, the Growlers' frontman, played a dangerous game throughout as he danced close to the edge of stage, ignoring the potential for a two-story drop onto the crowd below. A metaphor for the band's barely maintained sense of propriety? Or a functioning example of a band that finds its center on the edge of reason?

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