About halfway through the first song, we knew we were witnessing something special. Already having been charmed by the Explorers Club’s self-released recordings, seeing this band live was a head-over-heels moment. It was love at first sight. We are thrilled to announce that Dead Oceans will be releasing new material from the Explorers Club, first with a single this fall, followed by their debut album in early 2008.
The Explorers Club’s sunny psychedelic pop, replete with lush arrangements and cushy four-part harmonies, harkens back to a decade long ago, when kids turned on their FM radios to find the cool new thing. The band draws on the soul-satisfying vocal style made famous by the Beach Boys and the Association, and pairs it with arrangements patented by the likes of Phil Spector, the Left Banke and the Zombies. These 1960s pop reference points are undeniable, but this is not a band that sounds influenced by the Beach Boys records in their collection – the Explorers Club’s pop songs sound as authentic as if they had actually just been unearthed for a new Nuggets collection or compiled for a deluxe Sundazed or Rev-Ola reissue. In other words, this bunch of early-twentysomethings fairly channels a bygone era without sounding burdened by it.
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 surfing 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, Nathan Hussey, and David Ellis. Filling out the instrumental sound of the Explorers Club on organ and drums, respectively, are Stefan Rogenmoser and Neil Thomas. This six-man band has been charming new fans with epic live shows since July of 2005, and with a debut album on the horizon, the Explorers Club is primed reintroduce some splendor into the pop music world.
We are pleased to offer the MP3 of “Last Kiss”, which was mixed by Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn, White Stripes, Cat Power) and originally appeared on the band’s limited edition UK 7 inch.