The Explorers Club

Great indie rock bands have long made a habit of recasting the music of our parents' youth. Turn on Dr. Dog, Olivia Tremor Control, or the Black Angels for just a few examples of bands who make glorious new music in classic molds. Now take the idea a step further. Take the homage just far enough that you can imagine yourself experiencing, say, the Beach Boys in their prime, but with fresh songs not tempered by a generation of Sweatin' to the Oldies. This is elation without irony. This is the Explorers Club's debut album, Freedom Wind. The Beach Boys are the obvious touchstone, but dig a bit deeper and you'll hear flourishes of Paul McCartney, the Byrds, Emitt Rhodes, ELO and doo-wop. Embracing a pop blueprint from a time when great songs were played on the radio and everybody loved them all, the Explorers Club has recorded the sweetest pop record you are likely to hear this year. True, in lesser bands, such a thing might be tough to stomach. For every Clientele out there, there's a lackluster vintage-inspired indie rock band loading a Rhodes onstage. But here's the thing: The Explorers Club also happen to write undeniably catchy pop songs. Whether it is the soaring harmonies of "Forever," the playful psychedelia of "In the Country," or the classic choruses of "Do You Love Me?" or "Last Kiss," give in to the Explorers Club's youth, exuberance, class, and musicianship. You will soon be rolling down the windows and singing harmony at the top of your lungs. Freedom Wind was recorded in the summer and fall of 2007, a triumph of lush arrangements and cushy four-part harmonies. With an ensemble of guitars, accordion, banjo, mandolin, organs, piano, lap steel guitars and more, the Explorers Club's layered sound buzzes with warmth, creating timeless orchestral pop. It's an album of A-sides each of the 11 vocal tracks (there is one instrumental) are magnificent pop hits, ready for the airwaves. This type of pleasure-seeking pop sound historically hails from beachside towns, and the Explorer's Club is no exception; their home is not an iconic California surf city but Charleston, South Carolina. Twenty-six-year-old Jason Brewer does the songwriting and arranging, while the complex vocal harmonies come courtesy of James Faust, Wally Reddington, and David Ellis. Filling out the instrumental sound of the Explorers Club on organ and drums, respectively, are Stefan Rogenmoser and Neil Thomas. The Explorers Club are doing for the summer beach song what Amy Winehouse has done for R&B or Sharon Jones for funk and soul, what Antibalas have done for Afro-beat. They're reclaiming the classics as their own, injecting them with life, and making music that that transcends any era. This is how pop music is supposed to sound. Prepare yourself. Freedom Wind is the soundtrack to the summer of 2008.

The Explorers Club announce tour with Lightspeed Champion

The Explorers Club are hitting the road in celebration of Freedom Wind, criss-crossing North American with Lightspeed Champion and Flowers Forever. The soundtrack of the summer will be in a town near you very soon — don’t miss out.

The Explorers Club have also been cooking up some fun before the release of Freedom Wind. Check out their antics on youtube for a taste. The band has also been trickling out songs to their very own muxtape page. Visit the link below and you can preview songs from Freedom Wind. They’ll be posting more songs as the May 20th street date nears, so keep checking back.


The Explorers Club receives gushing praise in Uncut, now available for pre-order

The brand new issue of Uncut features a gushing five star review of The Explorers Club May 20th release, Freedom Wind. Uncut calls the album’s opening track, “an instant classic,” and added, “it’s a toss-up whether Jason Brewer’s classically crafted songs or the spot-on arrangements are more irresistible, as the group recasts these magical sounds for the 21st Century.”

Freedom Wind is now available for pre-order from Dead Oceans’ website. You can order it on CD or LP formats, and don’t forget, the LP version contains a coupon which can be redeemed online for a free download of the album. With the steamy days right around the corner, why not pre-order the soundtrack to the summer of 2008 right now?


The Explorers Club release single, announce tour dates

The Explorers Club and Dead Oceans are pleased to announce that the first single from their forthcoming album Freedom Wind is now available. You can purchase “Do You Love Me?” on a beautiful 7 inch record, or if vinyl is not your preferred format, the single is available from iTunes, Emusic,, Other Music and other digital stores.

In addition to their first release on Dead Oceans, we are pleased to announce a handful of tour dates for The Explorers Club. Many more dates will follow the release of Freedom Wind.


The Explorers Club reveals details of debut album, new single!

This is the one many of you are waiting for. The Explorers Club have
put the finishing touches on their debut album, Freedom Wind, which will be released May 20th on CD and LP formats. Lush and undeniably catchy, Freedom Wind is poised to be the benchmark for pop music in 2008.

The first single from Freedom Wind is a tasty gem titled “Do You
Love Me?” which we are pleased to share as a free MP3 — the perfect
Valentines Day pop treat. But don’t mistake this as just another
freebie promo track; “Do You Love Me?” is the A-side to The Explorers
Club new 7-inch, which will be available on April 8th. The flipside of
the single is “Carry Me” – an exclusive non-album track.


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