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Olympia, Washington, United States (2001 – present)

Growing evolved out of two bands, Joe Denardo from Black Man White Man Dead Man and Kevin Doria from 1000 A.D., in Olympia, Washington, United States, in the fall of 2001.

Joe Denardo moved from Chicago to Olympia and helped operate the Thin The Herd label with Zack Carlson, which released early material from Vaz and Total Shutdown. Eryn Ross joined to make Growing a trio. Moving from hardcore towards something slower and more expansive the band played around its hometown and up and down the West Coast of the United States. The first Growing release was a 7-inch single on the Nail in the Coffin label.

Growing played in a variety of settings and contexts, from art gallery to hardcore all-ages shows. The group has arranged quadraphonic sound installations and lugged stacks onto a stage. Growing have made soundtracks for videos (most recently a project for continuous two channel video and multichannel sound installation with Lisa Darms) and often play accompanied by Denardo’s photographs. Growing self-released a number of cassettes of music.

After a tip from Paul Dickow of Strategy, who played a show with Growing and was struck by their quadraphonic sound environment, Kranky began the process of releasing the debut Growing album in spring 2003. The Sky’s Run Into the Sea came out in August 2003. As Denardo described the recording process, “We recorded the record with a friend, so the atmosphere was very laid back and cheap, this was long before Kranky decided to put it out. It took place over three months over three months, but mostly because of equipment failure. Since it was winter it rained a lot.”


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  • EslamMagdi

    Some good shit right there.

    18 Mar 7:31pm Reply
  • sonofawidow

    if/when they return: it shall be glorious

    30 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Helawolf

    I want a woman who likes this kind of music. [2] How I feel the same way. Being a musik junkie is lonely when everyone else is below you. Not to mention trapped in Mainstream-land with a don't care attitude. sigh! :-(

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pchclx

    rip best band of all time

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Dougsmellsfunny

    Oh look, another drone band from Western Washington. im proud of my state

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • catachresistant

    Good pitch.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sonofawidow

    I want a woman who likes this kind of music. Ladies, feel free to hit me up. I'm a wonderful person. I'm also fucking desperate.

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mechiavellism

    I wish I caught on to these guys back in 2010 to see some "all the way" in person right around the corner at Tufts :(

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    can we vote up a new pic please

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • leeisfreee

    Even though I like their new direction, I have to admit that they're not pushing it far enough. It reminds me of Black Dice and makes me wanna listen to Black Dice instead of Growing. There's room enough for both bands, so I just hope that they define their sound a bit more with next release. Still diggin' pumps though, just sayin'.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • memristor

    wow. onement is still the top track. what a testament..

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • americanecho

    you'd think we would all get tired of saying this...but...i miss the early stuff

    18 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SssSpchMpdmnts

    This band obviously has nothing to do with Robin Williams movie "Jack"

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Alec_Trevelyan

    I bought "Live". It is beautiful.

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Goomba4001

    PUMPS! just doesn't have enough... atmosphere for me. Even their more rhythmic (All The Way) and dissonant albums (Vision Swim) still sounded cool. PUMPS! sounds like it's just trying to sound "silly" like Black Dice, and it's not as interesting sonically. Drum machines, vocal samples, tremolo guitars... you can find those anywhere.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • IcyCoughs

    Well it's true, they're kinda sucking right now

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • n0umena

    i really enjoy color wheel and vision swim as well. not sure what they were thinking with PUMPS and all the way.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • NINlife

    Still have to say The Sky's Run Into the Sea and The Soul Of The Rainbow And The Harmony Of Light are their best albums.

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • dirtypheasants

    dark folk / apocalyptic / ambient =

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • batorgil

    oh its still growing

    18 May 2011 Reply
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