Right at the core of the music of California’s The Explorers Club are the full-group vocal harmonies that come right from the heart of their state’s 1960’s pop tradition. Indeed, California’s Callin’ Ya / Nature Boy is a very conscious Beach Boys callback, but it’s tough to nail that sound quite as tightly as the Club do here. 7” single on Goldstar Recordings.
7" £6.49 GSR45001
Limited 7" on Goldstar Recordings. Edition of 150 copies.
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This band are so terrifying similar to the Beach Boys that they gave Clint the flu and he had to take the week off. Listen to them and you’ll feel like you’re interacting with holograms of Brian Wilson and his boys; look ‘em up on Youtube and you’ll find them covering tunes like “Darlin’”, as if nodding grimly to their audience about the shade they’re throwing on this vintage sunshine pop. I actually don’t hate “California’s Calling Ya”, though that high, wistful voice and its corresponding harmonies sound like the stuff of a really fucking good tribute act. The song itself is about all things nice and irreverent, like, uh, The Beach Boys. It’s fine, but couple the surreality of its carbon-copying with the intensely lush vocal harmonies and you might feel like you’re in a nightmare -- it sounds like I’m at a board meeting and everyone’s burst into song while their eyes remain sternly fixed on me.
My goodness. As if the Beach Boys didn't scare me enough.
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