2AM Club

Marc Griffin – Lead Vocals // Tyler Cordy – Lead Vocals, Emcee
Matt Reagan – Guitarist // Dave Dalton – Keys // Matt Warshauer, AKA “Sauce” – Bassist

There is no doubt that 2AM Club knows how to create a new sound. Drawing from funk and pop-rock to hip-hop and beyond, the band creates music that’s completely unique, instantly relatable, and practically begging to be danced to. The five 20-something guys – lead vocalists Marc Griffin and Tyler Cordy, guitarist Matt Reagan, keyboard player Dave Dalton and bassist Matt Warshauer, AKA “Sauce” came together in Los Angeles in 2007 from Seattle and the Bay area. The band quickly began work on their 2010 debut album, What Did Think Was Going To Happen?, which yielded several hit singles and performances on CBS’s The Early Show, TBS’ Lopez Tonight, FOX’s Good Day New York as well as a major performance appearance on ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars. The band continuously toured the US in support of their debut album playing with the likes of Big Sean, Chiddy Bang, Mike Posner and Far East Movement as well as a headlining gig at NYC’s Gramercy Theater and a 5 show stint at SXSW.

In the spring of 2012 the band decamped to Los Angeles, moving together into a house in Beachwood Canyon owned by actress Soleil Moon Frye. When the musicians, who split their time between LA, New York and San Francisco, weren’t caught in the bizarre awe of living in Punky Brewster’s digs, the group focused on writing and recording what has become their second album. After the success of What Did You Think Was Going To Happen?, 2AM Club were interested in expanding their sound and skill. This meant embarking on numerous co-writing and co-producing sessions around LA, where the musicians found that collaboration was the best means of evolution.

“The biggest thing we started doing more of was collaborating,” Tyler says. “Just with anyone we thought was cool, whether it was producers or songwriters. We had a lot of sessions that turned out really well from this and it’s helped us get better.” Dave adds, “This was a new experience for us and helped us to go out of our normal comfort zone and explore ideas and develop sounds that we otherwise would not have been able to explore. I love that. I think that collaboration – the alchemy of creative minds and differing talents and perspectives getting together – can yield some beautiful results.”

2AM Club spent over four months in LA, working long nights at various studios and finding inspiration from this slew of collaborators, which included The Futuristics, Da Internz and Cook Classics. The idea was to take a looser, more relaxed approach than the musicians had on their debut while finding an innovative balance between Top 40 pop and hip-hop. One of the album’s standout numbers, “Not Your Boyfriend,” embodies this aesthetic.

“It’s a really fun, danceable record,” Tyler says. “To me this song – and a lot of the songs on this new album – are about not taking shit too seriously. So much of this stuff is just more fun than on our last album. We were really able to loosen up and it’s more fun.”

“We wanted to make authentic and huge sounding pop songs,” Marc adds. “Songs that make people want to dance and make people feel inspired. Songs that are for college-aged people and old people and small people and young people. Songs that can reach past genre and demographic and age group – the hardest kind to make.”

The resulting album embraces a broad range of stylistic influences, revealing the group’s movement from their debut to the one-off tracks they released online last year and into a more eclectic and exciting mish mash of sounds. But mostly it represents 2AM Club’s personality, bumping with party-ready beats and verses that could make even the most reluctant hit the dance floor. Even though a lot of voices went into making the disc, the five musicians always relied on creating cohesion in just being themselves. “I feel like my best personal contribution is trying to make sure that no matter what producer we are working with, the music sounds like 2AM Club,” Sauce notes. “All five of us have different musical personalities, so I always try to make sure those personalities come out in our music.”

Now 2AM Club hopes to expand this evolution to their live show, aiming to play a lot of shows outside the U.S. this time around. The band wants to bring their party to everyone who wants to have a good time. Because, in the end, that’s really what this band is all about.

“I hope everyone who listens to this album has a good time with the music,” Matt says. “We wrote these songs thinking about what we'd want to hear as listeners and we're more than excited to put this album out in front of everyone and see what happens next.”

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