Summer is here, and if the heat of Memorial Day Weekend was any indication, it’s high time to flock seaside. If the sandy beaches of the West Coast prove too far of a trek, then look no further than the Explorer’s Club, a group of young guys from Nashville churning out jams that are guaranteed to put you in a sunny state of mind.
Jason Brewer, who helped form the band in South Carolina in 2005, grew up as the child of two church choir directors and steeped himself in what he dubs “grandparent’s music,” two important factors that led to the shaping of the Explorer’s Club sound. Tight, orchestral arrangements underlay a wash of musical influences stemming from the ‘60s and ‘70s, including Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Jimmy Webb and the Zombies, and from the second you hit play, you’ll notice the Music City upstarts’ uncanny resemblance to America’s darlings from the Best Coast, the Beach Boys. The band has released two full length albums to date, 2008’s Freedom Wind and 2012’s Grand Hotel, music from which has been featured on CBS, Fox and HBO, and on June 24th they’ll release Together on Goldstar Recordings.
Today, Elmore is premiering an a capella version of “California’s Callin’ Ya,” the first single from their upcoming release. Sans-instruments, the band’s pitch-perfect harmonies and knack for careful timing is all the more pronounced. Like the Beach Boys, Explorer’s Club shows off a talent for simple, upbeat lyrics that are inclined towards warmer climes. The boys sing, “the sun don’t care/ he will be watching you anywhere/ yeah it is dumb to compare/ California’s callin’ for ya.” The track has a sweetness to it that calls to mind aimless summer days spent simply enjoying the ocean breeze. And according to Brewer, the track was as fun to lay down as it is to listen to. It was “the best recording experience we’ve had,” he recalls. We’re sold. In fact, we’re packing our beach bag, cranking up the Explorer’s Club, and heading on down to the shore.
Stream “California’s Callin’ Ya” below.