This summer, Everclear will be doing what they like to do most summers—tour as much as humanly possible, often with fellow ’90s alt rock brethren on the bill. But this year, the band’s calendar features a major milestone amid a career already filled with massive achievements, as 2022 marks Everclear’s 30th anniversary as a band. It’s as good a reason as any to kick things up a notch.
In honor of this auspicious occasion, Everclear will embark on a 25+ date North American 30th Anniversary Tour (with special guests Fastball and The Nixons), celebrating the band’s remarkable three-decade run. Vocalist/guitarist and founder Art Alexakis hints that the sets will run the gamut of Everclear’s career, all the way back to some very early material, including songs from their currently out-of-print full-length debut, 1993’s World of Noise.
“We're gonna do a couple of songs off World of Noise for sure, and maybe even some hidden gems from back in the day that were B-sides,” Alexakis says. “And, of course, we'll still play all the hits and fan favorites. It's going to be a really fun summer!”
Alexakis reveals that he has been quite busy during the pandemic, and while sorting through boxes and boxes of old Everclear memorabilia and studio tapes that have been in storage for years, he unearthed the original masters for World of Noise. He is currently in the process of having the tapes professionally preserved and digitized, with plans to reissue the album this year. In addition to a physical release, World of Noise will be made available for the first time on all the digital music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and Amazon Music.
“For sure this year, we're going to put out a remastered version of World of Noise,” Alexakis reveals. “The album has never been available digitally before because the masters reverted back to me several years before streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music came about. So now I'm going to release it digitally for the first time - and do a vinyl pressing that will include some old demos and stuff. It'll be fun for the hardcore fans. I’m excited for everyone to get a chance to listen to this rarity of ours that really set the stage for this incredible career.”
The original 1993 release of World of Noise, paired with the band’s significant efforts to break into college radio, attracted the attention of major labels, including Capitol Records, which signed the group soon after. Thus began Everclear’s major-label career, beginning with 1994’s Sparkle and Fade, and its massive hit, “Santa Monica.” The fan-favorite song was the recent subject of a 30th Anniversary Tour teaser video the band issued, showing them performing the track in the early days and then flashing to clips of them playing it literally all over the world. Adding to the celebration this year, Everclear will be releasing a short retrospective commemorative video that takes stock of these amazing last 30 years, narrated by band friend and former MTV veejay Matt Pinfield.
Alexakis notes that the early Everclear music from the World of Noise era captures him artistically in much leaner times. Back in 1992, after the demise of his band Colorfinger, Art was struggling to make it in Portland, having moved from San Francisco with his pregnant and future wife. That extremely difficult personal and creative period was the crucible that forged Alexakis into the fiery songwriter heard on the early Everclear demos, the Nervous & Weird EP (1993), and ultimately the World of Noise LP, released in 1993 on the Portland independent label Tim/Kerr Records.
“I was angry back then,” Alexakis reflects. “I was 30 years old, broke, and the band I put four years of my life into just dissolved overnight - and I was living in a place that didn't like me because I was from California. People were constantly cutting me off when they saw my plates and flipping me the finger—even old ladies! I liked Portland; I wanted to fit in there, but man, people were just making it hard for me. But that was okay; I knew how to deal with adversity.”
Determined to give band life one last shot, Alexakis placed ads in the local Portland music papers seeking musicians for a new project, sending out cassettes with acoustic versions of the songs to those who responded. Future bassist Craig Montoya and drummer Scott Cuthbert were among those who answered the call; such were the fates brought that first lineup together. Those three would be responsible for getting Everclear not just up and running but soaring within the Portland scene.
“We just started plowing away,” Alexakis recalls. “We sucked at first, but we got better and better and played lots of shows and just grinded it. Then we went in and made a demo for 400 bucks. It eventually became our first album, World of Noise.”
Armed with stacks of freshly recorded cassettes, Everclear began peppering local Portland newspapers and venues, but also major national showcases, namely the annual SXSW festival. Right around the time when the band was accepted into SXSW and completed its first trek to Austin for that event, things had also started to blow up back in Portland. Alexakis called home one day to learn the demo cassettes he’d been mailing out had created quite a stir within the city’s insular local music scene.
“My girlfriend told me, ‘Man, you better get home quick. Because of all of those tapes you sent out, you have 47 messages on the answering machine’,” Alexakis remembers with a laugh. “She said, ‘You're in every paper in town; they’re writing about your demo.’ We became the new band in town. Everyone dug the tape. Clubs that wouldn't even talk to us before were offering us gigs with big bands—Sub-Pop bands and touring bands from out of town. That’s when it really took off for us.”
Since then, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career by any measure, spanning 11 studio releases, including four that have been certified Gold or Platinum, selling over 6 million records, and achieving 12 Top 40 Hit Singles on Mainstream Rock, Alternative, and Adult Top 40 radio (including “Santa Monica,” “Father of Mine,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” “Wonderful” and “Everything To Everyone”) as well as numerous videos, thousands of shows and various other accolades, including a 1998 Grammy nomination. In recent years, Alexakis created and runs the annual Summerland Tour, which features a package of popular ’90s alt rock bands, and he also released his first solo album, Sun Songs, in 2019.
Three decades later, Alexakis doesn’t plan on slowing down, despite the toll that the years, the substances, and now his recent battles with multiple sclerosis (MS) have taken on his frame. Beyond the summer 2022 North American run, Everclear will also be returning to the UK in the fall of 2022, as well as Australia in early 2023, in celebration of the 30th anniversary. Those dates will cap off nearly a full year spent honoring the band’s incredible 30-year history. Everclear’s enduring legacy, and ongoing appeal as a live band, is a blessing not lost on Alexakis, and he’s ready for the party.
“To me, it's a reason for celebration. I'm almost 60 years old. I've got MS. I've been through the ringer—a lot of it I put myself through—but I'm still here. The music's still here. Everclear is still here,” he says. “Everclear is my band; it always has been. Its faces have changed, but the music stays the same. We've got a great band now, we're tight as hell, we all love and respect each other, and we just go out and put on the best show we can every night. I'm blessed that I get to do this for a living and am truly grateful for my life.”
Aggressively entering the rock scene with unquenchable passion, pulsing energy and an electric sound, The Nixon’s presence in the music industry was unwavering. They were quickly recognized and made their mark on groves of dedicated fans for their legendary live performances. Comprised of Singer, Zac Maloy, Guitarist, Jesse Davis, bassist, Ricky Brooks and drummer, John Humphrey, The Nixon’s were discovered and eagerly signed with major label, MCA/Universal in 1995. The band did not disappoint with 3 hit songs, “Sister”, “Happy Song” and “Wire” upon the release of their first record, Foma. “Sister” exploded and quickly became a phenomenon in the Midwest. With momentum on high, “Sister” secured the spotlight with a top five radio hit and crossed over into the Hot 100 pop billboard songs. The Nixon’s were unstoppable, touring worldwide and lighting up the stage over 3000 times in nearly a decade. Their rise to fame set them on the same stage with rock and roll icons such as The Melvins, KISS, Soul Asylum, Radiohead and The Toadies. Soon after, The Nixon’s released two more albums with MCA that delivered dedicated fans with rock radio hits, “Baton Rouge” and “The Fall.”
With fierce tenacity and an unrelenting drive the Nixon’s original line-up reunited in 2018 and played a series of sold out shows in the Midwest. Their newest song, “Crutch” was just released in April 2019 with full video production, sharp lyrics and the familiar crowd drawing intensity that The Nixon’s demonstrated since they first stormed into the music scene. Be prepared for The Nixon’s to kick the doors wide open!
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