The story of Everclear begins with the story of front man Art Alexakis. Art grew up in the projects of Santa Monica. Abandoned by his father and living in poverty, he was very troubled. Growing up in the "dark 70's" he was highly exposed to drugs, in fact he lost a girlfriend and a brother, due to heroin. Art himself almost died from a cocaine overdose when he was a teen.
Like many punk stars, Art refers to himself as having a bad attitude, when referring to his teens. He would have done any drug on the table and even tried to commit suicide at one point, by jumping off of a Santa Monica pier. Lucky for Art, he found the wonderful instrument we call the guitar, when he was 15. Eventually he quit drugs and threw himself into his music.
Art has much experience in the music industry, he has been in a few bands, including Colorfinger and The Easy Hoes. He also established a record label at one point called, Shindig which promoted "alternative/country." He loves old country music and you can sometimes here it in his tunes.
Shindig flopped in no time which led Art and his pregnant girlfriend, Jenny, to Portland Oregon. It was here that Art placed an ad in a local newspaper looking for band mates. The ad only generated two responses but luckily they were just what he needed. In '92, Everclear formed with members, Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya, and Scott Cuthbert. The band released to demo, to get club gigs but instead ended up with a record deal.
In '93 the band released an EP on Tim Kerr Records. Art was angered by how Tim Kerr promoted the EP and remembered an old aquaintance from Capitol Records he had met while in Colorfinger. He sent him his demo.
Everclear was signed by Capitol and the label distributed "World of Noise" a record that was recorded while the band was still with Tim Kerr Records.
In May of '95 the band released their breakthrough album, "Sparkle and Fade" which generated national attention from its hit "Santa Monica." This album began to break Everclear away from its punk roots and on to the now evident, pop/rock, Everclear is known for today.
In October of '98 Everclear release SMFTA, which still haunts the charts. Art describes his record's life on the chart as "an aunt that just won't go away. She comes for the weekend and stays for a year." That's alright for Art though, He enjoys life with his wife Jenny and daughter Annabella, who was born in '91.
Now Art is about the release a solo album. While Craig and Greg are enjoying the married life. But the band is ready for a come back and supposidly will begin to record a new Everclear album in the fall of '99.
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my trip | Reviewer: madison | 6/3/11
I missed the last 2 days of school to go to North Carolina then that night I went to the speedway festival thingy.It was 3 or 4 days long maybe more they offered free concerts i'm like 9 so not old when I was little I listened to them alot but as I got older I forgot about them before we left there was a ad in the paper that said Everclear would play i didn't understand mom said remember?what! luckily she refreshed my memory! we saw em at the concert at 9:30 pm it said on the paper but it took like 1 hr. to get set. i didn t feel good during the whole concert but after it I got a picture with them and ART AND THE MAYBE NEW BASS PLAYER SIGNED MY BANDANNA !i now wish it could happen again and enjoy it it happened may 28th 2011! ever since i like the music more listen to it alot i miss it when i don't listen to it the suicide part of the biography shocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!his 3 yr old daughter and wife were or are on a train to north carolina from l a they are my heros good nice and awsome art if your on the site you guys rule and are nice good on quitting drugs keep everything up be safe
Everclear Rules ! | Reviewer: Adam | 8/23/09
i lost my brother when i was 12 also... he was Arts age and grew up in LOS ANGELES also.
Anyway i went and seen EverClear at Magic Mountain , who would of believed. it was the best so far , and i go to meet ART, my wife and kids got to meet his wife and their baby.
they played some new songs and if you liked sparkle and fade , and the new stuff , you're gonna love the new new stuff . Everclear is still rockin strong.
I don't want to Label Everclear , but just check it out.
keep on rockin in the free world.
One of the best..... | Reviewer: Dawn Di Lella | 7/20/07
the songs that they have on their albums are so wonderful that i listen to them all day!!
they are an insperation to music.
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