Leighton James and Christian Singley started Adventure Club as a side project while they were playing in rock bands in their native Montreal, "reimagining" songs they liked by acts such as Thrice and Brand New in an electronic format.
Now it's the duo's primary concern.
"It just kinda grew into something bigger than we ever imagined," James, 25, says by phone from Montreal. "It happened relatively quickly when some of our 'electronic remixes' started getting way more traction than anything we'd ever done with any band before that. Once we started to see the numbers grow and get more feedback we decided to really focus on this."
There are other benefits, of course. "Yeah, we don't have to carry a drum kit in an eight-person Econoline van anymore," James says. "That's a good trade-off."
Adventure Club has so far released an EP, "Calling All Heroes, Pt. 1," singles and more remixes, including the compilation "Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 7: Road to Electric Zoo," which combines starts such as Beyonce, Fetty Wap and Zedd with new and lesser-known artists. "We want to keep people up to date with what we're listening to and what we think might be relevant in the coming months," James explains.
Meanwhile, he and Singley are working on their first set of original material, with six or seven songs ready and plans to release either a full album or two EPs.
"This stuff is a bit more mellow," James reports. "We tried to experiment a bit too much on the first EP and went in too many directions. This one has more of a revolving theme. It doesn't stray too far. It has different sounds, different tempos, different vocals, but as far as one consistent body of work it's not as all over the place as the first EP was.
"We want to do another couple of songs, but you have no idea how much we want to get it out."
Adventure Club, Snails and Kayzo
Friday, Oct. 16. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $35 and $25.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com.
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