The Explorers Club stopped by the Hear Ya Live studios on their recent stop in Chicago and the results are breathtaking. Rather than describe it ourselves, we will just borrow a quote from Hear Ya Live:
“With songs like “Hold Me Tight,” “Lost My Head,” “If You Go,” “Don’t Forget the Sun,” and “Forever,” you’d think you found a Delorean and drove it 88mph to California and arrived in 1966. The raw, stripped down versions of these songs feel as pure as the golden sand. So go ahead, download the tracks below. Turn up your heat to about 89 degrees, throw on your board shorts, make yourself a Tang and vodka, put a DVR’d episode of “The Wonder Years” on mute, and crank up The Explorers Club.”
This weekend tune into Jason Schwartzman’s HBO comedy “Bored to Death” and keep an ear out for one of our very own bands. The Explorers Club song “Forever” will be used in Sunday’s episode, set to air at 9:30 p.m. For more on the show, check out the “Bored to Death” site HERE.
The consistently radical music site Daytrotter just released a treasure trove of songs from The Explorers Club, recorded on a recent tour. The session features future-classics like “Do You Love Me?” and “Don’t Forget The Sun” from the band’s Dead Oceans debut “Freedom Wind.” Listen to complete session HERE.
Daytrotter had these quite lovely things to say about the upstanding young men of The Explorers Club: “The harmonious bursts and flares are endearing and it’s the sort of old, reminiscent sound of long-gone simplicity (by way of congruent complexity and texture) that would and will always demand attention and have the power of transportation, back to an olden love experience or a special someone from those carefree younger days, as they’re always wont to be remembered as. The songs on the band’s debut full-length are of the worn and hummable variety that believes that there is an idyllic status that love or potential love can attain if it’s just given over to the possibility – a belief in the sun and irascible tenacity of the prevailing winds of romance that Brian Wilson tied so many of his hopes and dreams to.”
The band is on the road once again in the name of “Freedom Wind,” hitting up some Midwestern sweet spots. Check out the tour dates HERE.
As THE EXPLORERS CLUB head out next week on the first full-scale tour in support of its 2008 Dead Oceans release Freedom Wind, we’re pleased to share the band’s recent performance of album track “Don’t Forget The Sun” for Athens Soundies.
The performance was scheduled last-minute on a rare, freezing cold day in Athens, Ga., as the band rolled into town for a show. Bundled-up tight and banded together in an abandoned art school building, The Explorers Club brought a warm California wind to a mid-January evening in Athens.
Visit the Athens Soundies site HERE.
The Explorers Club tour dates:
02/03/09 Washington, DC – DC9
02/04/09 Grantham, PA – Messiah College
02/05/09 New York City, NY – The Mercury Lounge
02/06/09 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
02/07/09 Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge
02/08/09 Philadelphia, PA – The Khyber
02/20/09 Gainesville, FL – University Of Florida
02/25/09 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
02/26/09 Ames, IA – The Maintenance Shop
02/27/09 Grinnell, IA – Gardner Lounge @ Grinnell College
02/28/09 Madison, WI – Der Rathskeller @ University Of Wisconsin
03/01/09 Bloomington, IN – Cinemat