Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Review: Everclear and Eve 6 didn’t play to politics in Deep Ellum on Election Night
It was as if the election wasn't happening, with only this sentence uttered by Everclear's Art Alexakis: "I don’t care what side you’re on, aren’t you glad this f***ing election is over?”
DEEP ELLUM As thousands were glued to their TVs on election night, looking to the future, hundreds of Everclear and Eve 6 fans piled into Trees to relive the past.
Both bands peaked in the late '90s and early 2000s, seemingly disappearing for a few years following their momentous success. A national tour for both rock bands seemed only natural, as both are promoting 2012 releases and have had some time to recoup and rebuild.
With one of the strongest local rock sets we’ve seen in a while, Dallas’ own Meridian opened the nostalgic night with their smart, up-tempo style. Lead singer Tim Ziegler brought the gut-punching vocal emphasis so many present-day rock bands are missing, without sacrificing his natural charisma. With cleverly placed start-stops and shuffled tempos, they showed what it takes to perform stellar tracks. Look for their EP, which was recorded over three years, with a release party coming soon.
Young hopefuls by the name of Namesake, who are currently on the Everclear tour, quieted the crowds with their sugary pop punk. Their predictable emo haircuts and over-killed style just didn’t fit the set list, and they covered Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” in an attempt to encourage crowd interaction. All is not lost on the youthful group, but they'd be better paired on Warped Tour, close to shrieking teenage girls.
The relatively packed venue seemed to pay no mind to the national election that was dwindling down: More fans chose to keep their spot in the crowd rather than leave to catch a glimpse of the news. The three-some that is Eve 6 also made no mention of the presidential election; they stuck to their Southern California punk roots and performed like it was 1999. Front runners “Think Twice” and “Here’s to the Night” brought back the best days of high school – cruising with your radio blaring and slow-dancing on prom night. Front man and bassist Max Collins laid out “go get ‘em” intros, telling about where their punchy songs came from and what they mean to the band today.
Although they could’ve safely relied on their past successes, Eve 6 ventured into their newest album titled Speak in Code with “Pick Up The Pieces.” The unforgiving velocity of their biggest hit, “Inside Out,” was not lost on Collins or guitarist Jon Siebels, and they kept up with the fast-paced song well.
Multiple member changes and almost-breakups can’t hold back the resilient force that is Everclear. Although front man Art Alexakis is the only original member left, the Portland, Oregon rockers have continued to release records since “Wonderful,” their last successful single in 2000. Alexakis’ famous in-and-out vocals wavered throughout the night, giving away their age and lack of touring. The only thing that made up for this disheartening falter were guitarist Davey French’s confident fingers. If there was empty space, he filled it with high-flying riffs that brought back the melodic grunge we know and love.
Alexakis’ defiant attitude and uplifting spirit fueled the enthusiastic audience; as the final election results came through he said, “I don’t care what side you’re on, aren’t you glad this f***ing election is over?” Their California way of life shown through in “Santa Ana Wind” and “Santa Monica” and gave Alexakis a chance to relive his days in Deep Ellum. He gave credit to 102.1-FM for being one of the first stations to give “Santa Monica” a chance in 1995, and dedicated the daydreaming track to the fruitful days of Deep Ellum, Trees, and even the Bronco Bowl.
Although the show did not sell out, there were enough '90s fans to help relive Deep Ellum’s glory days. Let's call it like it was: an enjoyable high school reunion.
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