Artist Spotlight: The Explorers Club
Close your eyes and listen to The Explorers Club and you’ll swear you’ve been transported back to the ‘60s. The band, reminiscent of the Beach Boys, is fronted by Jason Brewer and features band mates Paul Runyon, Wyatt Funderburk, Mike Williamson and Kyle Polk. They’ve just released a new album, Together, and its single, “California’s Callin’ Ya” is making serious traction at retail.
Get to know the band right here ... How did the band come together, and how has the band evolved since its inception in 2005?
The band began as some song experiments in 2005. I wrote a few harmony centric songs and recorded them with a friend of mine and they turned out really strong. I took these songs to friends of mine in Charleston and started a band based around these songs.
We toured and worked our social networks very hard all throughout 2006 and 2007 to finally secure a recording deal for our first album. We recorded FREEDOM WIND in 2007 and released it in 2008. We went through some lineup changes throughout 2009 and into 2010.
We recorded our second album GRAND HOTEL in 2010/2011 and it was released in 2012. After more line up changes we finally arrived at the beginning of TOGETHER in 2014. We are glad to finally release it in 2016. We have gone through many line ups but my musical vision has stayed the course throughout all the changes. Congrats on your new record. What have you been doing to promote its release?
We have been touring and doing in-store/radio appearances and so far it has been really great and rewarding. The video for “California’s Callin Ya” is FANTASTIC. What were some of the highlights from the shoot day? Did you encounter any obstacles?
It was actually shot in one day by our friend Casey Curry in Southern California. We were not present on the shoot but he did stuff very quickly and with a lot of passion as you can tell by the outcome. Do you ever get tired of hearing the Beach Boys reference?
Never - It is always great to be compared to the best vocal group ever! You’ve opened for some pretty heavy hitters. What was your most surreal moment and with which band?
I feel like the Zombies were my favorite. We were very early on in our career and we got this great chance to open for them in Charleston, SC. The show was poorly attended but man! Colin and Rod sounded amazing and it was a gas to be able to meet them. And finally … a shameless plug: What would you like our readers to know about you?
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