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Growing Pains, Grumpster, IX of Swords

August 18 at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

On Sunday, Aug. 18th the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Growing Pains, with Grumpster and IX of Swords, to the WOW Hall.

Growing Pains


Playwright Antonin Artaud once wrote: “I abandon myself to the fever of dreams, in search for new laws.” For Portland-based indie quartet Growing Pains, the dream world is where apathy ends, and euphoria begins. For six years, Growing Pains have mastered the art of surrendering to the dream, embracing it, and returning with songs to prove it. Since 2018, Growing Pains have been writing and performing blue-tinted indie rock, spritzed with emo, power pop, and shoegaze influences.

Formed in 2018 at an after-school music program, the members of Growing Pains communed over a collective adoration for Joyce Manor and Blink-182. They soon made rounds through the Portland DIY circuit, frequenting scene staples such as Blackwater and Fail House. After releasing their debut album Heaven Spots, the band temporarily relocated to Eugene, where they wrote their next project. Leaving their pop-punk influences at home, the group took influence from the frenzied side of indie rock—choosing to channel the phantasmic soundscapes of My Bloody Valentine and disarranged stimulantics of Broken Social Scene. The fruition of this was the 2023 EP Thought I Heard Your Car, a 5 song meditation on past laments; l’esprit d’escalier in musical form. The release saw the band rocket through the PNW music scene, playing shows with indie luminaries Franz Ferdinand and Beabadoobee.

In the Summer of 2024, Growing Pains will be touring from Canada to the southwestern United States, before returning to the studio to record their second LP, expected to arrive in early 2025.

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