The Volcom Volcanic Rock Out Tour landed back in Hawaii this season! After a couple years off, it was time to bring some good vibes and live music to the island of Oahu. There are all types of walk of lives in Hawaii during the winter months. This year Volcom called up their buddies ‘The Growlers’ and told them to pack their aloha shirts and boardies, they’re going to Hawaii! Life on the road for these guys usually consists of long cross-country drives in a dirty tour bus with no sleep for weeks. I’m sure that can be fun, but a trip to Hawaii with the Volcom crew sounds much better.
The Growlers JOJ (Just Off The Jet)
“Beach Goth” is an understatement… The band arrived to Hawaii in polyester pants, Reyn Spooner shirts, pale white skin and frothing for a surf. Not many people go straight from the airport to Makaha. We got the call from Russ Keaulana and the west side boys to come down for some welcoming Waianae hospitality. You can’t pay for the treatment that The Growlers got to experience. Yeah California and Australia have its qualities, but good waves and fresh food in Hawaii is the best.
Scott Montoya livin the soft dream. Photo: Tai Vandyke
The first show kicked off in Honolulu on a wild Friday night. Volcom rented a warehouse in the middle of China Town and turned things up! The Growlers grew up playing in empty warehouses, so this was a good start for the tour. Tons of fans from all over the island showed up and rocked the place till the end of time. That night ended with smiles and dollar bills at the famous Femme Nu.
The Kaka'Ako Warehouse
Andrew Doheny, Delon Ranger, Ford Archbold and some groupies!
The next morning was a little slow and rough as the band crawled out of the van at the Volcom House. The Pipe Master was on and the band hung out at the house and watched the comp from the deck. After a few hours the contest was called off for the day so the band went over to Turtle Bay and sipped Mai Tais till their show at the Surfer Bar. This show was a good ol’ fashion blow out. Surfer The Bar was packed shoulder to shoulder and The Growlers rocked the joint till last call.
Surfer The Bar. Photo: Sean Reilly
Matt Taylor and the only leather jacket in Hawaii!? Photo: Sean Reilly
Girls like to Growl too… Photo: Sean Reilly
Brooks Nielson swervin… Photo: Sean Reilly
The North Shore approved! Photo: Sean Reilly
The last show of the tour was held at the Volcom House right after the Pipe Masters final day. If you watched the final or have any idea, I’m sure you can imagine what went down. Thanks to Pacifico, there was plenty of beer for the few hundred people that showed up in the yard. This show was magical and much needed after such an amazing year of surfing. Thanks to Growlers, Clint Moncata and the rest of the Volcom Hawaii family, that was unreal! Until next year when spam turn into steak and when Primos turn into champagne…!
Welcome to Pipeline. Photo: Brian Bielmann
The Enforcer, AKA Kai Borg! Photo: Brian Bielmann
The yard was packed with Volcom and Growler fans! Photo: Brian Bielmann
Tai Vandyke & Russ T. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Acid Rain. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Yeah a couple people showed up to party!! Photo: Brian Bielmann
We filmed and recored an exclusive acoustic set in the Volcom House. Stay tuned for a full edit. Photo: Brian Bielmann
Brooks AKA Mer Man! Photo: Tai Vandyke
Uncle Ronnie havin a look. Photo: Tai Vandyke
Scott Montoya on one last one before heading home to Costa Mesa… Photo: Tai Vandyke
All photos by: Brian Bielmann, Sean Reilly, Tai Vandyke & Rusty Buckets
Posted on 12/23/14