Led by founder and mastermind Art Alexakis and armed with his swag of catchy, guitar-driven pop gems, Everclear were a ubiquitous presence on the world’s airwaves and TV feeds from the early part of the 90s onwards. Alexakis’s clear-eyed willingness to confront life’s darker margins has been a hallmark of Everclear’s output ever since Everclear’s independently released 1993 debut World of Noise.
Songs like Heroin Girl, Santa Monica, I Will Buy You A New Life, So Much For the Afterglow and Father Of Mine amongst many others showcased a band that could not only deliver one infectious anthem after another, but one that could also deliver enough lyrical substance and soul as to strike a resonant chord in the hearts and minds of the slacker generation, elevating Everclear above being just another throwaway pop band with loud distorted guitars and clever hooks.
The band’s current lineup features the ever-present Alexakis, along with David French on guitar, Freddy Herrera on bass, Josh Crawley on keys and Sean Winchester on drums. A brand-new Everclear album titled Invisible Stars is planned for release later in 2012.
Catch the band at the Coolangatta Hotel on Wednesday.