From their beginnings as a darkly ambient drone duo, Growing's music has, true to the band's name, evolved to take on board electronic textures, glitchy noise and off-kilter rhythms. Latest album Pumps (2010) sees Joe DeNardo, Kevin Doria and new member Sadie Laska (formerly of IUD and Extreme Violence) take their experiments with drum-machines, keyboards and heavily processed guitars and vocals to into inspired new territory. The fidgety beats, bursts of noise and fractured melodic lines suggest the influence of fellow-Brooklynites and one-time tour mates Black Dice, as well as the post-Dilla hip-hop of Flying Lotus and post-dubstep of Zomby.  Growing's hands-on, analogue approach keeps the music sounding spontaneous and elemental.

The origins of Growing can be traced back to 1999, when DeNardo and Doria began playing together as 1000AD. Their dense, repetitive guitar pieces emerged on a self-released tape that was recorded during Wynne Greenwood’s (Tracy & The Plastics) brief stint on keyboards. In 2001 the band changed their name to Growing in 2001 and began playing with drummer Eryn Ross. The following year, this line-up recorded The Sky’s Run Into the Sea with engineer Stefan Simikich (Hamburger Eyes), making greater use of space and using the studio to develop their sound further than ever. The album was released on Kranky Records, who also put out its follow-up LP (minus Ross) The Soul Of The Rainbow and the Harmony of Light (2003), recorded with Rex Ritter (Jessamine, Sunn O)))). These albums won Growing fans in Mogwai and Jake and Dinos Chapman, both of whom invited the band to play ATP in 2003 and 2004 respectively.

Following a move to New York, Growing recorded His Return for for Troubleman Unlimited’s subsidiary Megablade, adding folk elements to the heavy drone. Color Wheel and Vision Swim followed, both recored in Montreal at The Pines studio run by Dave Bryant (Godspeed! You Black Emperor) and Craig Bowen. Their final album for TMU, Vision Swim (2006), widened expectations as the duo explored electronics in new and idiosyncratic ways. 

A pair of singles for The Social Registry in 2007 and 2008 saw Growing develop their improvisatory electronic jams, balancing abstraction, pure sound and melody, anticipating the kaleidoscopic soundworld of Pumps, which will be released in April on Vice Records.
Armed with guitar, bass, loop station, Ebow, and sundry effects boxes, they erected garish bulwarks of hotwired glitch, with towering major chords jutting out like flying buttresses, and long, tense loops sliding in and out of phase. - Pitchfork

Growing no longer sounds like rock music smeared to the point of mystery, with musicians who want to get lost in the haze. Rather, this is the music of pendulums, the music of definite systems, controlled processes unfound in the constellation of instrumental rock, arching toward a clarity of yet undefined. - Dusted Magazine

new album PUMPS out on Vice Records
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