The sunny, poppy, and nostalgic, yet incredibly complex four-part harmonies and instrumental arrangements of The Explorers Club recall an earlier era of The Beach Boys of The Mamas and Papas. The band's leader, Jason Brewer, has acknowledged these influences, noting that his parents were in a church choir and his currently Nashville-based band draws inspiration from Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Jimmy Webb, and The Zombies, among others.
There is perhaps no better tribute to the fact that Brewer's band manages to tap into a timeless well of songwriting prowess than the fact that several collaborators from the Brian Wilson Band and John Davis from Superdrag have contributed to the new album, Together, due out June 24th on Goldstar Recordings. The record can be streamed here.
The latest incarnation of The Explorers Club, which includes Nashville musician Wyatt Funderburk as well as longtime Brewer collaborator Mike Williamson, who Brewer claimed helped him land the vocal harmonies on the tracks, is currently on tour. A list of upcoming dates includes the following:
June 29 The Grey Eagle Asheville NC w/ Brett Harris
June 30 Sellersville Theater Sellersville PA
July 2 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
** with Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo)