On a hot October afternoon inside Growlers keyboardist Kyle Straka's stuffy Costa Mesa apartment, all the band can manage to do is stare at one another and laugh. Rock stars are supposed to come home from tour with normal things--broken guitars, hardcore drug addictions, venereal diseases.
John Gilhooley The Growlers (left to right): Matt Taylor, Scott Montoya, Brooks Nielsen, Kyle Straka, Anthony Braun Perry
But seriously, scabies?
The previous night, Straka and the band's tour manager came down with a bad case of burrowing skin mites--apparently the result of trying on some less-than-sanitary threads at a San Antonio thrift store. This is unfortunate news to the band's gangly bassist Anthony "Anstonio" Braun Perry, who just realized he used one of Straka's towels to take a shower in the apartment. He gulps heavily as his skin turns pale with dread.
"Dude, I used it on my face," he moans. "Oh, my God, fucking gross!"More »