After a fireworks accident left their studio in a pile of ash, The Growlers wrote their latest album, Chinese Fountain, at a friend’s house in Topanga Canyon. Once they began to record, they brought in a new producer and engineer to help keep them focused. The result isn’t some pre-programmed mix of dazzling studio techniques; The Growlers aren’t comfortable when things get too clean. But there are modifications to their sound. Like the Clash did on Sandinista!, the quintet takes more chances on this album, flirting with elements of reggae and spacey disco.