Everclear With Eve 6
After bouncing around Los Angeles and San Francisco, frontman Art Alexakis found himself in a dire position. He was broke, his girlfriend was newly pregnant, and his music career wasn't panning out. He and his girlfriend picked up their bags and moved to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. The gamble paid off as Alexakis put out an add in the paper to start a band and picked up a drummer and a bassist to form Everclear. They produced two EP's in 1993, both of which were released through Tim/Kerr Records and both of which were not heard outside of the underground Portland grunge scene. By 1994, it was do or die, and Everclear found the attention that Alexakis believed that they had deserved. They were picked up by Capitol Records after the success of acts such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Everclear released their debut album Sparkle and Fade in 1995 and hit the touring circuit to promote the album. The album was a slow-burning success fueled by the hit single "Santa Monica", which pushed the album to Platinum status.
They returned to the studio in 1996 to produce the biggest album of their career, So Much for the Afterglow. They released it the same year and immediately hit the road for an Australian and US tour. The album spawned three hit singles, including the mainstream track "Father of Mine" which lifted the album to double-Platinum status. The single "El Distorto de Melodica" earned the band their first and only Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental at the 1998 ceremonies. Everclear tour dates were scheduled alongside rockers Marcy Playground and Fastball for a US tour. They followed up with Songs From an American Movie which was a two album series. The first Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile featured their biggest single to-date "Wonderful", and was certified Platinum. They released Vol. 2 Good Time for a Bad Attitude which was billed as an edgy hard-rock album. Everclear tour dates were booked on the opening stage for Matchbox 20's national tour in support of the double album effort.
Everclear finished out the decade with four more album releases and scored a few more radio hits. In 2009, the band released their most recent album, In a Different Light, which featured acoustic versions of their biggest hits. While the band has gone through lineup changes recently, they still tour the nation with their collection of '90s alt-rock smashes. Don't miss a date on the Everclear concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Everclear tour dates and concert performance information.
Eve 6: History
The band originally consisted of Max Collins (vocals, bass), Jon Siebels (guitar), and Tony Fagenson (drums). The band formed in 1995 in La Crescenta, California first as Yakoo, then Eleventeen; the name Eve 6 was only adopted later. Their first show was at Eagle's Coffee Pub in North Hollywood. Eleventeen had secured a recording contract with RCA while Max and Jon were still in high school.
The band's final name is a refernce to The X-Files. Tony Fagenson, a fan of the show, suggested the name after seeing an episode entitled "Eve". The episode featured genetically engineered characters known as "Eves,". One of these genetically engineered characters, named "Eve #6", made a remark about biting a guard's eyeball, which Fagenson thought merited "Eve 6" as a band name.
Poor sales of It's All In Your Head (192,000 Units Moved) resulted in Eve 6's release from their record contract with RCA. Subsequently announcing their breakup, Eve 6 played their final show together on the night of July 15, 2004 in front of a large crowd under the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis (Eve 6 Official Website. "Band Biography", www.eve6.com, 2007-1-28. ) Max and Tony reunited to form a new band called The Sugi Tap, which can be found at http://www.myspace.com/sugitap. They have recorded some demos and played shows throughout the California region during 2006. Jon Siebels is currently in a band called Monsters are Waiting....
After performing for over a year as the Sugi Tap, on October 1st, 2007 it was leaked Alex Band website that a "newly reunited" Eve 6 (only including Max and Tony, and a new guitarist named Matt Bair, as Siebels has elected to focus on his new band Monsters are Waiting...) would be going on tour. No album is planned as of yet, but the band has stated that it is a possibility. Coincidentally, The Sugi Tap has been "paused" indefinitely. All of these things were confirmed on The Sugi Tap's Myspace Site.
The following was taken from the Eve 6's official myspace page:
Eve 6 returns to the world of music...:
Hey boyz and girlz,
So here's the big news. You probably figured it out by the title, but yes, Eve 6 is coming back. After a 3 year hiatus, we're getting our stuff together to get out there and play for you all once again. We've given it a lot of thought and ultimately decided the best thing to do would be to make more music as Eve 6. There isn't a defined plan for a new album yet, but one will eventually be forthcoming.
To start with we'll play some shows, simple as that. The first one is actually two short weeks away at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia (Oct. 20th). However we have been told that this show is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, just students at the university. We would love nothing more than to see all of you crammed onto the quad at this nice little college, but not to worry, you'll see us soon. If you happen to live in the LA area we're also playing a benefit for the Donate Life Foundation on October 26th with Alex Band from the Calling and others. Check here http://www.myspace.com/donateliferocks1 for more information.
At this time, Jon Siebels will not be returning as our stalwart guitar player. Things are cool between us all though. We talked to him about this, and he's decided to focus on his new band, Monsters are Waiting, and on his career as a producer here in Los Angeles. We've worked out the necessary arrangements, and he's given us his blessing to carry on the name in his absence. Our pal Matt Bair from Band Camp will be handling guitar duties at these shows. Make him feel welcome!
As some of you might know, Max and Tony had a little side project called the Sugi Tap. This is being put on hold indefinitely, but check out our online EP before it becomes unavailable. Go to www.myspace.com/sugitap to listen to some tunes and purchase the EP. It will only be available for a few more weeks, so get it while you can. We will be playing a few of these songs at future Eve 6 shows.
That's it for now. This myspace page will undergo a serious renovation soon, and we'll give out information as it becomes available. Check out the excellent Eve 6 Media HQ fansite (www.eve6mediahq.com) for further information and discussions with the fan community. We can't wait to see you out there!
tony and max, Eve 6
Eve 6's basic rock trio (guitar/bass/drums) sound is augmented on their later studio recordings with many interesting studio techniques. For example, "Bang" (from Horrorscope) culminates in a section constructed entirely from repeated, overdubbed layers. Eve 6 also made liberal use of overdubbed vocals and other studio polish, such as the vocoded filigree directly preceding the breakdown section of "On The Roof Again" (from Horrorscope). The songs themselves generally conform to the late 90's pop-punk aesthetic, and can be roughly divided into four different categories: the sugary-sweet bubblegum pop of "Rescue" and "Promise" (from Horrorscope), the punk of "Hokis" (from It's All in Your Head) and "Superhero Girl" (from Eve 6), ballads, such as "Hey Montana" (from It's All in Your Head) and "Here's to the Night" (from Horrorscope), and anthems (characterized by beginning almost inaudibly, with sparse instrumentation, and ending climactically) such as "Arch Drive Goodbye" (from It's All in Your Head).
Eve 6 was perhaps best known for its lyrics however, which feature vivid imagery and inventive wordplay: two of the group's hits, "Inside Out" (from their self-titled album) and "Promise" (from Horrorscope), are good examples of this style. Romance and angst are common themes, but the band also explores issues of gender identity ("Jet Pack," or "Sunset Strip Bitch," both from Horrorscope), suicide ("Friend of Mine," from It's All in Your Head), and being wrongly placed in a special education class, ("Tongue Tied," from Eve 6).
The nostalgic ballad "Here's to the Night", from Horrorscope, is notably characterized by a change in tempo and style from the band's other songs, prefiguring the greater experimentation of the following and final album, It's All In Your Head. While the song was written about a one night stand, for many teenagers it was a song about the closing of an era (specifically of high school), and was chosen by many graduating senior classes to be their "class song".
* Eleventeen (as Eleventeen) - 1996 * Eve 6 - April 28, 1998 (#33 U.S.) Platinum * Horrorscope - July 25, 2000 (#34 U.S.) Gold * It's All in Your Head - July 22, 2003 (#27 U.S.)