Rob Trucks's "Possibly 4th Street" expositions, in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City, run intermittently here at Sound of the City.
The Explorers Club plays the Mercury Lounge, February 5 and the following night at Maxwell's in Hoboken.
photos by Rob Trucks
Possibly 4th Street
Number 26 (Part One)
The Explorers Club
by Rob Trucks
Call it refreshing when a band steps into the confessional willing, ready and able to acknowledge its sins of influence.
Not that the Explorers Club has a choice. For even school-of-rock dropouts will detect the Beach Boys' orchestral shadow--frequent falsetto within four-part harmony on such retro-titled tunes as "Don't Forget The Sun" and "Summer Air"-- throughout the band's aptly titled debut, Freedom Wind.
So what's behind a contemporary Charleston, SC-based collective conjuring California pop from forty years before?
Well, in addition to the commonality of "very sunny and very hot" beaches, Club composer Jason Brewer believes the sound of seasonal sweetness "has not been done justice since the 60's." And that includes not only the pioneering and paternal Boys, but groups like "the Association, Jan and Dean, the Yellow Balloon, the Zombies, the Left Banke and many others."
And just about thirty yards from the westernmost edge of Long Island (the Socrates Sculpture Park of Long Island City), the summer sun arrives on cue. But so does the similarly summery (and free) wind, which plays unambiguous and unharmonious havoc with our audio. Pardon our breathiness.
The Explorers Club Performs "Don't Forget the Sun"