BY ANGIE VALENTE
WHERE does 20 years go? That depends on your vantage point, explains Everclear front man Art Alexakis.
“It’s like anything when you look back, it depends on where you’re at, at that point, at that moment. That will affect your perspective.”
In 1997 when Everclear released their hit record So Much for the Afterglow, it helped define the alternative sound of the 1990s, spawning several top charting hits. If you watched Much Music at this time, you will more than likely remember the Portland rock trio fronted by Alexakis (and his trademark bleach blonde locks.)
Everclear return to Thunder Bay, with friends Vertical Horizon and Fastball, playing Rockhouse tonight.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve been there, about 18 or 20 years. I’m looking forward to it. Ontario is big,” said Alexakis. “Where you are, you’re a fill-in date. That’s the blessing and the curse of a smaller town, logistically. I love playing secondary markets.”
Everclear is comprised of Alexakis on vocals and guitar, bassist Freddy Herrera, guitarist Davey French and drummer Jake Margolis.
A humble musician, Alexakis spoke over the phone from the road.
“Twenty years ago I was in my mid 30s and creatively just raging making records, touring and raising my eldest daughter and was full of life,” he said. “Now I’m 20 years older, and not as full of rage as I used to be. I’m a nicer guy these days and a lot easier to live with, I’m still very passionate and full of creative juice.”
A self-proclaimed dictator in the studio, Alexakis pulls the whole world behind him.
“I know what I want and I go for it. I have a strong idea of where to go and how to get there.”
For more than two decades, Everclear’s sound has reflected the rock, post-punk and singer-songwriter influences of Alexakis. The band found success with their first three albums, which were all certified platinum in sales. Since forming 25 years ago, the band has released nine original
Fans who experience this 20th anniversary tour will hear So Much for the Afterglow from front to back, as well as other fan favourites and hidden gems. Be prepared for the nostalgia to hit hard.
Everclear sparkle not fade. They play Rockhouse tonight with Vertical Horizon and Fastball.
Angie Valente is a freelance journalist based in Thunder Bay.