How do you like your ’60s pop? Freshly squeezed or reconstituted? Either way, The Explorers Club has it on tap. The nostalgic Nashville outfit doubles down on its vintage vibe with a pair of new albums based around classic sounds. In this corner: Their self-titled fourth full-length set of original tunes that channel the glory days and gloriously sun-dappled sonics of The Beach Boys and the rest of the California pop crowd. In that corner, To Sing And Be Born Again, which fully indulges their obsession by painstakingly covering 10 chestnuts from The Turtles, Paul Revere, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more — with assists from members of Barenaked Ladies and Drive-By Truckers, believer it or not. Dig out your love beads, put some flowers in your hair and join the club.
THE PRESS RELEASES: “The Explorers Club is the fourth album by Nashville-based Sunshine Pop band. This 12-song-set is band’s boldest work to date, breaking sonic barriers while maintaining lush melodies and artistic influences. Musically adjacent to successful pop artists from the 1960s, 70s like The Beach Boys, Turtles, Association, Grass Roots. The Explorers Club is the brainchild of Charleston, SC native Jason Brewer, the only constant “member” over the band’s lifespan … To Sing And Be Born Again is an set of cover songs. The 10-song-set is chock full of hits, misses and other delights from the 1960s. The album features guest vocals by former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page, and Drive-By Truckers member Jay Gonzalez. Songs include huge pop hits originally recorded by The Turtles (She’d Rather Be With Me), Manfred Mann, (the Bob Dylan penned Mighty Quinn), Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight), Herb Alpert (This Guy’s In Love With You) and Paul Revere and the Raiders (Kicks). Rarities and lesser known songs from Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton, New England-based Orpheus, The Zombies, The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Walker Brothers round out the set.”