April 19, 2024


Art Shines Through

Everclear’s Art Alexakis Says Music Today All Sounds the Same

It is been a extensive two a long time for The Statler Ballroom. The audio location has been on a hiatus from hosting concert events considering the fact that COVID-19 initially started, but on Saturday, Feb. 12, The Statler welcomed the return of reside new music in the Ballroom with a bill of functions from the ’90s.

Headlined by Everclear, the display opened with Vertical Horizon and Sister Hazel. If you listened to FM radio in the mid-’90s to early 2000s, likelihood are you’ve heard the two.

Vertical Horizon kicked points off with a crowd that took some warming up, but by the third track, there were a good deal of arms flailing in the air and men and women standing up from their seated tables. The band finished its established with Billboard‘s most-played one of 2000, the strike “Everything You Want,” with a comprehensive-fledged group sing-along of “I am all the things you want, I am anything you will need.”

Up next was Sister Hazel, which dominated the airwaves in the mid-’90s with the tune “All For You.” Their 40-minute established, which included an epic saxophone solo and a group chant to the chorus of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Acquire It,” ended with their early 2000s hit “Change Your Intellect.”

The crowd in the ballroom was made up of individuals in their 30s and more mature, but the bands introduced out a stunning quantity of more youthful admirers as perfectly.

“We essentially have been having, strangely adequate, a lot of younger followers, which is bizarre,” reported Everclear’s frontman, Art Alexakis, when we spoke to him a handful of days in advance of the display. “I assume it’s just some young ones that want some rock ‘n’ roll. You will find not a great deal of rock ‘n’ roll out there ideal now.”

The ’90s revival of the earlier handful of years — with television demonstrate reboots, nostalgic band reunions and anniversary displays — is part of the explanation for the bands’ continued good results, Alexakis suggests.

“Because it truly is rock ‘n’ roll and it is thrilling,” he states. “I assume one particular of the best eras of rock ‘n’ roll was the ’70s as much as tricky rock ‘n’ roll guitar-primarily based songs. The ’90s were being young ones that grew up in the ’70s earning data. Soon after heading by punk rock, hip-hop, Jane’s Habit, The Pixies and that indie rock of the early ’90s and late ’80s, that form of stuff … The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, all of the bands that I idolized increasing up.

“We [in Everclear] were being generating melodic, intense, punk-affected rock ‘n’ roll, just like Nirvana. Kurt and I grew up about the similar time with a good deal of the similar influences,” Alexakis provides.

Everclear started out in Portland in the early ’90’s, but they were being all transplants from unique cities.

“There was a burgeoning substitute new music scene, and this is prior to they started out throwing that alternative tag around, they ended up still employing grunge,” Alexakis says. “We did not seriously glance or sound like a grunge band, truly. It was all about brief hair, tattoos, punk rock. Melodic with weirdness, dissonance, courtesy of Sonic Youth and the Pixies, but just rock ‘n’ roll. I think it appeals to youthful people due to the fact there is nothing at all like that appropriate now. There is no huge burgeoning scene that is coming out.”

The singer says that “just about every now and then” he’ll hear a little something new that he likes but that “for the most part, everyone’s hoping to sound like the individual up coming to them — ‘Oh hey, what did they do, or do what they did, they experienced accomplishment, let’s do that.’ We weren’t carrying out that in the ’90s, there truly was a good deal of diversity on different radio.”

“Pop music, state music, a ton of hip-hop and active rock music, it all appears the very same,” he claims. “It’s distinct, but the similar arrangements, similar breakdowns, exact vocal sounds, it all appears Pro-Tooled. Just to listen to a thing that sounds refreshing and new to them, even although it is 20 or 25 many years outdated, it appears new.”

Everclear opened their Statler established with the title keep track of to 1997’s So Much For The Afterglow, followed by “Everything to Everyone” off the exact same history, playing a full 6 music off the album. The crowd turned far more alive and commenced pogo-ing during the ground.

“Doesn’t it come to feel great to listen to some rock ‘n’ roll on a Saturday night?” Alexakis requested the audience. “This position is fuckin’ amazing!”

The band then kicked into a set of songs off the 1995 album Sparkle and Fade, starting off with “Heroin Girl” and performed a fantastic blend of music including “Maple Hearth Song” off their debut report, World of Sounds. One particular of the highlights of the set was a completely ’90s nostalgic admirer ask for for “Local God” off 1996’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack.

The area lit up for singles “Father of Mine,” “Wonderful” and “Buy You a New Lifetime.” There was also an acoustic rendition of “Strawberry.” The band took no crack to play an encore, but just stayed on stage soon after “Santa Monica” to squeeze in a single previous music, “Molly’s Lips,” a cover of The Vaselines.

“Pop new music, state music, a ton of hip-hop and lively rock new music, it all seems the same,” he says. “It can be distinctive, but the exact same arrangements, exact breakdowns, identical vocal seems, it all seems Pro-Tooled.” – Art Alexakis

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Everclear has been persistently touring and exhibits no indications of slowing down. Alexakis instructed the Observer that on celebration of the group’s 30th anniversary they will be embarking on a tour the place they will be joined by other contemporaries. The frontman still kicks ass on phase, and can not be slowed down, even soon after being diagnosed with several sclerosis and turning 60 this coming April. His composing comes from a private place that is relatable to admirers.

“I am not a Dungeons and Dragons type of author,” he states. “I publish about issues I know about. I create about spouse and children, my ordeals with medications and alcohol, my sobriety, relationships it can be not all autobiographical, but it is really my viewpoint. Even when I am producing fiction, it is coming from a spot in which I know what I’m conversing about due to the fact that’s what I enjoy. I like to generate from the to start with particular person because I like storytellers.”

When the singer was diagnosed with MS in 2016 he was at initial selective with people with whom he shared.

“I told my pals, I instructed my loved ones — even men and women at shows that would present up in a wheelchair, I could converse to them,” he states. “At times [fans] were there with MS and I would make sure that they were on stage, so they have a put to see, but I have normally performed that. That’s the way I was brought up to be compassionate. I felt like there was an elephant in the place, and I understood I was going to convey to people today about it, but I wasn’t all set nonetheless.”

In 2018, he wrote a tune known as “The Warm Drinking water Examination” on his solo file, describing the difficulties of residing with a ailment. In early 2019, he felt like it was time to tell men and women.

“So, I just mentioned, I’m likely to explain to my friends, family members, and enthusiasts on my social media and that’ll be it, but it went viral, ” he says. “You are asking me about lovers achieving out to me, virtually, countless numbers of people today have reached out to me. In person, everywhere I go.”

Alexakis is working on earning a bachelor’s diploma in psychology and just finished a coaching system to counsel other creatives. He’s also gathering his notes to write a memoir.

Some of Alexakis’ fondest reminiscences involve “the Deep Ellum scene back in the day.”

“Actively playing Trees … the Bronco Bowl was definitely awesome, we had a ton of exciting,” he suggests. ” I truly lived in Houston for a even though, and we used to generate up to Dallas for the golf equipment up there. Houston was form of a bummer in the late ’70s, early ’80s. I’ve obtained genuinely very good memories, I can’t actually share them with you since they’re not all G-rated. I have really fantastic memories of Texas and just having terrific shows there.”