From the beginning, 2AM Club has always been into trying new things. The five members of the band-singer Marc Griffin, emcee Tyler Cordy, guitarist Matt Reagan, keyboard player Dave Dalton and bassist Matt Warshauer, AKA "Sauce- emerged from wildly varied musical backgrounds. They formed an unlikely musical partnership, but all agreed at the outset that the only forward would be to share a common ground together, challenging one another in order to make something fresh. Holding firm to their instincts and tastes, and drawing from a pool of influences spanning modern American pop culture, the band continues to forge a sound all their own - one that might not be easily categorized, but one they hope will be relatable, danceable and - above all - really, really fun.
One part Seattle, one part Bay Area and one part Northeast, the group came together in Los Angeles in 2007. The band spent months living together on couches and bunk-beds a one-room studio apartment, honing their skills over the next year playing the local college and club scene. They soon began to stretch out up and down the West Coast, booking, producing, and headlining their own gigs. In 2008, after recording some demos with producer Jerry Harrison-a former member of the Talking Heads and Modern Lovers-2AM Club put on a four-month residency they called "Tiny Porno" at the Derby in L.A., which brought them an increased local following and the attention of some record labels. Later that year, they picked up and transplanted to NYC to record their RCA debut What Did You Think Was Going To Happen? with producers Sam Hollander and Dave Katz (Boys Like Girls, Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes).
In the months following the release of their first album, they would get their first real taste of life on tour. They secured a few major television appearances and were named one of MTV's PUSH Artists of the Month. The album garnered favorable press from Los Angeles Times, US Weekly, YRB, J-14. The Los Angeles Times described the 2AM Club's "soulful sound, sharp pop hooks, New Wave-influenced synths paired with charming attitudes and arresting good looks." The Philadelphia Inquirer said of the album's first single, ""Worry About You" is a deft piece of pop with a solid hip-hop streak."
The band spent much of 2009-2010 touring across the US with Mike Posner, Chiddy Bang, and Big Sean as well as headlining gigs at local clubs. Since their earliest shows, the band has put their live performances as a priority. 2AM Club shows are heightened by the hyperactive musical tango between Tyler and Marc's vocals, and the way that the band-named for a beloved Bay Area bar known for being a welcoming chill spot for a random assortment of locals-honor their moniker by making their concerts an all-inclusive, unpretentious good time for all who attend. "Our idea has always been to try to break down the fourth wall," says Tyler. "A lot of bands play for the audience while the audience just stands there. We wanted a different dynamic. Everybody's in the room and we're all listening to music, we should be experiencing it together.
After two years of touring and writing new music, the band relocated to Los Angeles in early 2012 to record with producers such as Da Internz (Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Rihanna), Futuristics (Chris Brown, Pitbull, Ne-Yo), Cook Classics (Outasight), Drew Pearson (Zac Brown Band, Phillip Phillips). Their new track "Mary" featuring Dev, off their upcoming sophomore album, was produced by Da Internz and co-written by band members Marc and Tyler along with Livvi Franc, Ali Tamposi and Da Internz.
"Mary is one of those records we've always wanted, it's this huge bass heavy sound that feels like an entire zoo being let out through the speakers. It's that girl that makes you feel different from anything you've felt before. We had the chance to work with an artist Aaron Michael Cox (part of Da Internz) that built that track, he recently passed away and we're just extremely happy to be able to go out and play the music we made with him"
The band has always put a strong emphasis on strong songwriting (an effort that involves the whole band). As much of current pop culture is obsessively occupied by themes of sex and debauchery, 2am Club songs capture true-life moments in hopes of contributing to this climate by injecting these themes with a level of raw sentiment, revelatory honesty and heightened poeticism.
"Pop music has been made for so long, a lot of it has obviously become cliché and hackneyed," says Tyler. "We're hoping that if we can make it a little bit smarter, we can take it somewhere new and cool and exciting. It comes down to a bigger idea of love and conflict and greatness and bullshit. I think most people can identify with that, but then on another level it's also just super dumb drunk party music-you can take from it what you will."
"I think we've all always wanted to be saying something with music," adds Marc. "That's why we started out in poetry slams and doing hip-hop. We may be making music that's more pop now, which has this overarching feeling of being catchy and melodic and cheeky, but we're hoping you can listen to it 20 times and still be taking something new away from it on a deeper level."