Together

Together

by The Explorers Club

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Overview

Together

Debuting in 2008 with an album of original material whose songs and production meticulously modeled the early Beach Boys, the Explorers Club continue to shift slightly forward in time with their third LP, Together. It bridges the '60s SoCal and '70s AM pop of their sophomore album, Grand Hotel, and extends into the still slicker sounds of Steely Dan. Bandleader Jason Brewer's contributions to the project become increasingly apparent as the album fits pretty seamlessly into the band's discography with an otherwise entirely new lineup. (Original member Dave Ellis does assist with percussion on the recording.) The opening title track is the one that may surprise, as it captures the funky clarity and jazz-rock flavor of Steely Dan while also reintroducing the Explorers Club's familiar bright, multi-part harmonies in the chorus. The set list soon eases back into the more anticipated sunny '60s with "California's Callin' Ya" and the bubblegummy "Once in a While." The latter sports harmonies and falsetto flourishes so smooth that they hover near glee-club, cover-band territory. However, the quality of the songwriting, especially on less precise tracks, yields the experience of something original -- a fine line the band has often nudged but rarely crosses. Tracks like "No Strings Attached" feature arrangements directly inspired by the Beach Boys without impersonating or seeming to paraphrase any specific song. Still showcasing those tight backing harmonies, "Be Around" also evokes the Baroque pop of Burt Bacharach. Elsewhere, doo wop and rhythms of the '50s also peer through some selections ("California's Callin' Ya," "Perfect Day"). The Explorers Club have certainly found a niche with their retro artisanship, and Together will likely be a welcome addition to their catalog for fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2016
Label: Goldstar Recordings
UPC: 0643307963953
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 125412

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Explorers Club   Primary Artist
Scott Bennett   Percussion
Brian King   Vibes
Darian Sahanaja   Moog Synthesizer,Rocksichord
Steve Stanley   Bass Harmonica
Probyn Gregory   Trombone,Trumpet,Theremin
John Davis   Vocals
Nelson Bragg   Percussion
Dave Ellis   Percussion
Emeen Zarookian   Synthesizer Bass
Jason Brewer   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Rhythm,Rocksichord,Fuzz Guitar,Group Member
Mark Galup   Pedal Steel Guitar
Krista Brewer   Flute
Paul Runyon   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Rocksichord,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Michael Williamson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass,Group Member
Kyle Polk   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Wyatt Funderburk   Bass,Vocals,Rocksichord,Group Member
Jesse Hansen   Strings

Technical Credits

Andy Paley   Composer
Kevin Crothers   Percussion Engineer
Emeen Zarookian   Arranger,Composer
Explorers Club   Arranger
Jason Brewer   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Erik Thompson   Producer,Engineer
Mark Galup   Producer,Engineer
Michael Williamson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Brent Funderburk   Cover Painting
Wyatt Funderburk   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Karla Jean Davis   Cover Photo

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