Everclear | 20th Anniversary - So Much For the Afterglow

Everclear | 20th Anniversary - So Much For the Afterglow

Fri, September 8, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 10:45 pm)


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Art Alexakis – Vocals, Guitar
Davey French – Guitar, Vocals
Freddy Herrera – Bass, Vocals
Jake Margolis – Drums

It’s been 20 years since Everclear released their 1997 multiplatinum smash So Much
For The Afterglow, yet the album remains a beloved fan favorite, and continues to
inspire new generations of musicians & fans today. Bolstered by the record’s
enduring popularity, Everclear are about to embark on a highly anticipated tour
celebrating its milestone anniversary, with plans to perform the album front to back,
including some tracks the band has never played live.
As the band’s third full-length, So Much For The Afterglow built upon the momentum
of 1995’s Sparkle And Fade, with a slew of unforgettable songs that permeated MTV
and alternative rock radio. The album—which remains Everclear’s best-selling
release to date—quickly won over listeners with its trademark combination of
melody, rhythmic energy, evocative lyrics and thundering guitar crunch.
“It makes me feel really good when I read a lot of what people still think about the
album, and how many bands have been influenced by it—how much impact it had
on them—and I think about how much impact it had on me, in a different way of
course,” says singer-guitarist Art Alexakis. “It’s still a thing; it’s still relevant and
real 20 years later.”
Formed by Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy
career spanning 10 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and
accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, for
the Afterglow track “El Distorto de Melodica.” Like a true survivor, Alexakis has
soldiered on through multiple lineup changes over the years: During the Afterglow
era, the band also included Craig Montoya on bass and Greg Eklund on drums; the
forthcoming anniversary tour features current Everclear members Davey French
(guitar), Freddy Herrera (bass) and drummer Jake Margolis. In recent years
Alexakis also created and runs the annual Summerland Tour, which features a
package of popular ’90s alt rock bands.
Amid all of Everclear’s accomplishments, the Afterglow period remains a pivotal
moment. After enjoying a taste of success with Sparkle And Fade and its still-
prevalent hit single “Santa Monica,” Everclear returned to the studio in 1996 more
determined than ever to perfect their sound. By the end of the year the band had
already completed an album, tentatively titled Pure White Evil, but after one
particularly blunt conversation with an A&R executive, the
singer/guitarist/songwriter Alexakis knew there was more work still ahead.
“He told me, ‘It’s an ok record, but it’s not going to do what you want it to do, and it’s
not the best record you can make’,” Alexakis recalls. “He said that, and I just knew he
was right. I knew I wasn’t digging deep enough.”

Alexakis spent roughly the next week living in a New York City hotel, contemplating
his next move. He walked the city streets and went to multiple showings of the film
Jerry Maguire. Inspired, he went back to his hotel room and started anew, while
taking close stock of the existing Pure White Evil material. With the band and label
on board with the new plan, Everclear continued to write and refine the new
material over the spring of 1997 until Evil morphed into what eventually became So
Much For The Afterglow.
“Looking back, I remember just how balls-out and brash I was,” Alexakis says. “I just
had a vision and after Sparkle I was desperate not to have a sophomore slump and
be a one-hit wonder. I was just going forward with my vision and dragging my guys
behind me. We just believed that we were on a mission to make a great record. To
this day, it’s probably my favorite Everclear album.”
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Afterglow is its visceral, infinitely relatable
lyrics, some of which are autobiographical. Although, according to Alexakis, many
people think the majority of his songs are.
”I like storytelling…writing from the first person perspective,” says Alexakis.
“’Father of Mine’ (the hit single which expresses the singer’s feelings of
estrangement and abandonment by his father) and a couple of others are stories
from my life.” While other tracks, meanwhile, offer the singer’s wry observations on
the world around him. The common thread, and the message that’s most powerful
amid all of Alexakis’ lyrical soul baring, is that no matter how hard things get, there
can always be better days ahead.
“From my perspective, the album told stories of an American life that had gone
through ups and downs and still wasn’t 100 percent,” Alexakis says. “I still had to
deal with issues like parental abandonment, poverty, abuse and drugs. But even
though those things are there, there’s still a light at the end of the tunnel, though it’s
hard to see sometimes, and even though the record’s dark and heavy at times, it
convey’s a sense of hope, which is probably why it seemed to connect with a lot of
young people at the time, because even though it sucks being a teenager, or in your
early 20s…you want to know there’s a chance. I’m an optimist; There’s always an
upside somewhere.”
Since the album’s release, the songs have taken on a life of their own through the
interpretations of listeners, who’ve made their unique personal connections with
record. However some of the tracks still remain deeply personal to Alexakis, and
there will likely be emotional onstage moments during the upcoming tour. For this
reason, some Afterglow tracks will be performed live for the first time in years, if not
“There are still songs on this record that I have a hard time singing, because I get so
emotional,” says Alexakis. “We don’t play them a lot, ever, but we will on this tour;

we’re playing all the songs. ‘Why I Don’t Believe in God,’ is an especially hard one to
sing. That’s a song about my mom.”
Other tracks promise to be great fun. The kinetic energy of So Much For The
Afterglow makes much of it ideal for concert stages, and Alexakis is eager to share
and experience the material again in a live setting along with fans. On a personal
level for Alexakis, who’s a married father of two daughters, it will undoubtedly be a
much different tour here in 2017 than when the band was young and hungry and
just promoting the album for the first time. But some things—namely the
remarkable quality of the songs and the enthusiasm fans have for the record—not
only remain steadfast, they’ve even continued to grow and appreciate over time.
“’California King’ is a blast to play,” he says. “The harder rock songs, like “One Hit
Wonder,” are going to be fun to play. We’ve been breaking that one out in rehearsals
over the last couple months; it’s tight and sounds really good. I still like playing the
hits, too. I love the way people respond and sing along with the songs. That’s
something songwriters never get tired of.”
It’s likely that crowds will have plenty to sing about when the So Much For The
Afterglow Tour—which also includes ’90s compatriots Fastball and Vertical
Horizon—hits a nearby venue later this year. Alexakis says that the roughly 90-
minute set will also include other favorites from Everclear’s back catalogue, but will
feature So Much For The Afterglow in its glorious entirety, performed with the loving
respect it deserves. Beyond his own gratification, Alexakis says the forthcoming
Afterglow tour is very much a gift—and a thank you—to fans of the album.
“A lot of people really identified with the songs off this record and it meant
something important to them,” Alexakis says. “That means a lot to me, that I’ve had a
positive impact in someone’s life. As a dad, and a person who’s constantly trying to
do the right thing, that’s big. It just makes me feel really good that people connected
to what we were doing, and that it still means something to them. What more can a
guy in a rock and roll band ask for?”
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404