The Explorers Club – Freedom Wind

by Woody on May 7, 2008


Remember my drunken rant about The Kennedy award show where Hootie & The Blowfish played in tribute to Brian Wilson? It was submitted for a Pulitzer or a Dundie…I can’t remember. The question was posed to me, who would I rather have up on that stage to replace Hootie. I now have my answer. The Explorers Club.

The six-piece out of Charleston recreate the Beach Boys sound so well it’s almost frightening. Many have tried, some have been successful, but nobody has even come close to hitting it on the head like The Explorers Club. The three piece overlapping harmonies effortlessly wash over you from the onset and hook you immediately.

There was a day recently that was 70 and sunny in Chicago (just one, mind you) and I had the sun-roof open, windows down and Freedom Wind blaring. I was sporting my snappy Von Zipper Aviators and I found a little slice of heaven. The Explorers Club made me forget the shit Chicago winter that I just lived through. It snowed the following day. Bastards!

Freedom Wind will leave you smiling from ear to ear. There are no shortage of gems during the span of 35 minutes. A couple of the standouts include the lead track, “Forever,” “Do You Love Me?” that sounds like it penned by Brian Wilson himself, and “Last Kiss & Forever.”

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The Explorers Club – Do You Love Me?

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Karen R June 6, 2008 at 9:18 am

This record is great! Ya know when you want to just put that favorite CD on repeat? This one is always getting put back in my player. It’s harmonies and song structures are incredible. There hasn’t been a sound like this since the Beach Boys- job well done ‘the Explorers Club’.

Marc Nathan July 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm

I second that emotion. Absolutely one of the most ambitious debut CDs I have ever heard. The thought that these kids have their whole lives in front of them to create beautiful music like this makes me wish I were a good 30 years younger myself, because I’ll be following their every move until I breathe my last breath!

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