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Everclear Interview @ The Independent

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Everclear @ The Independant 11/18/09

Stubble spoke with Art Alexakis of Everclear in San Francisco before their set at the Independent. Art speaks candidly about current release ‘In a Different Light’ which contains some of Everclear’s best singles newly interpreted (including two brand-new songs), his work with charity ‘Musicians on Call’, and loud guitars.

Stubble: Hey this is Jeff with Stubble Musiczine and I’m hanging out with….
Art:
Art Alexakis from the band Everclear

Stubble: Welcome to the Bay Area.
Art:
Thanks.

Stubble: So this is your third show on the West Coast tour correct? How are things going so far?
Art: So far so good this band is gelling pretty well, we’re having a lot of fun and a lot of people are coming out. The opening band Clayton Senne are just amazing, he’s piano and drums and a bass player. They’re just like old R&B. It’s this little white kid and you don’t expect him to sound as soulful as he does, it’s just really cool.

Stubble: Well speaking of that real quick; on this tour you’re letting the fans vote for the opening act is right?
Art:
For the first band, right; and in this market the promoter didn’t give us anybody so the first band is actually our keyboard player’s band called The February Fifths. He’s based out of L.A. but he’s originally from Sonoma County so he’s got a lot of people around here. So he’s playing here with us, and he’s playing as the first of four bands in Los Angeles at the Roxy.

Stubble: Excellent, so you guys have a new album out ‘In a Different Light’, (October 6, 2009). It’s interesting you’re taking a look at your older songs in, well….a different light.
Art:
Um, I mean yeah it’s exactly as the title dictates, it’s looking at the same songs in a different light. Basically when you’ve been in a band like I have in this band playing these songs, some of them for 15 years, they’re gonna evolve you know? To make them interesting for us, but at the same time you gotta walk the line of making them sound like the people who were drawn in by a lot of these songs in the first place, so they still sound familiar and sound good to them. Kinda scratch all the itches and connect all the dots for them, while at the same time moving in a different direction a little bit.

Everclear @ The Independant 11/18/09 Stubble: You’re signed with a new label ‘429 records, how’d that happen?
Art:
429 Savoy. Um they came to us; I guess they had talked to our lawyer. They were excited about us and we met with them, and it seemed like we were in the same place with what we wanted to do, what they wanted to do. They wanted to put out one all original record and then they found out I was gonna do ‘In a different light’ and just put it out on the website for the fans and they wanted to put that out as well so, it turned into a two record deal.

Stubble: You did a solo acoustic tour in 2009 for a charity called; Musicians on Call, can you tell me a little bit more about that?
Art:
I did, that’s a really good organization and it was basically through the Hard Rock Café. It was a tour of Hard Rock Café’s and it was their music month, and it was their benefit and they asked me to be the standard bearer of that, cause I was looking to do a solo tour. I went out and basically, and I’ve been wanting to do this for a while is me with screens behind me and videos and stuff just kinda telling stories and talking a lot of smack basically. Telling stories that lead up to the song and then playing the song, it was pretty cool, it was pretty unique. I’m doing a solo tour right now, a solo tour, called the ‘Open wings Broken strings’ tour; which is me, Ed Kowalczyk from Live, and Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer; and it sounds like a pretty eclectic mix of people but it actually works. It’s interesting and people loving it.

Everclear @ The Independant 11/18/09 Stubble: So, what kind of show can we expect tonight?
Art:
Tonight is a rock show, full on Rock ‘n’ Roll, loud guitars just balls to the wall.

For all things Everclear…
www.everclearonline.com

Stubble: Well speaking of that real quick; on this tour you’re letting the fans vote for the opening act is right?
Art:
For the first band, right; and in this market the promoter didn’t give us anybody so the first band is actually our keyboard player’s band called The February Fifths. He’s based out of L.A. but he’s originally from Sonoma County so he’s got a lot of people around here. So he’s playing here with us, and he’s playing as the first of four bands in Los Angeles at the Roxy.

Stubble: Excellent, so you guys have a new album out ‘In a Different Light’, (October 6, 2009). It’s interesting you’re taking a look at your older songs in, well….a different light.
Art:
Um, I mean yeah it’s exactly as the title dictates, it’s looking at the same songs in a different light. Basically when you’ve been in a band like I have in this band playing these songs, some of them for 15 years, they’re gonna evolve you know? To make them interesting for us, but at the same time you gotta walk the line of making them sound like the people who were drawn in by a lot of these songs in the first place, so they still sound familiar and sound good to them. Kinda scratch all the itches and connect all the dots for them, while at the same time moving in a different direction a little bit.

Stubble: You’re signed with a new label ‘429 records’, how’d that happen?
Art:
429 Savoy. Um they came to us; I guess they had talked to our lawyer. They were excited about us and we met with them, and it seemed like we were in the same place with what we wanted to do, what they wanted to do. They wanted to put out one all original record and then they found out I was gonna do ‘In a different light’ and just put it out on the website for the fans and they wanted to put that out as well so, it turned into a two record deal.

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