Coming from the sleepy town of Fredericksburg Virginia, Nature Boy Explorer has brought their wit and catchy pop sensibility to audiences since 2010. NBE would fit right in with the Elephant Six Collective—genre mixing, freak folk rock fusion with a great pop sensibility, and the group has garnered critical praise from Elephant Talk Indie, The Rumble, and RVA Playlist. Heavily influenced by frontman Mark Snyder’s former bands (including One Ring Zero, Dirtball, Spike The Dog, and Easy Chair & Edison’s Talking Machine), NBE’s unique orchestration evokes memories of friends trading songs in their living rooms.
The group’s most recent self-released EP, ‘One of These Days,’ strips away the drum machines and distortion of its predecessor to reveal a unique acoustic sound that supports rich, layered vocals. For this sophomore six-track release, Mark took a different approach, co-producing it with his bandmates and producer/engineer Dan-O Deckelman at Snake Oil Recording Studio in Richmond Virginia. For ‘One of These Days,’ current band members Mark Snyder (voice, guitar, glockenspiel, theremin) and Becky Brown (voice, harp) were joined by Susanna Klein (violin), Paige Naylor (voice, accordion), and John Winn (bass clarinet).
This summer Mark and Becky will be traveling to share their music about love, lobotomies, death, dirty politicians, formaldehyde, and concrete deities with audiences from Massachusetts to Texas.