Last Night: Everclear at Scout Bar
Halfway through Everclear's performance at Scout Bar Wednesday night, the crowd had been thoroughly hyped and innumerable expletives had been shouted. Vocalist Art Alexakis then addressed the crowd.
"Six years ago, we got to play two shows with the Rolling Stones. Their manager told us, 'Whatever you do, don't play a Stones song,'" he said, his voice dripping with disdain and an admittedly poor British accent. "And what do you say to people who tell you what to do?"
The crowd had been prepped for this moment. "Fuck you!" came the resounding response.
"Exactly," Alexakis continued with a smile. "But sometimes, it's not what you say; it's what you do. So we played this both nights."
And with that, Everclear began to perform the Stones' "Far Away Eyes."
For a 50-year-old, Alexakis still has some spark to his performance. He may be the only original member of Everclear left in the band, but he was always the group's essence. So it should come as no surprise that the band's performance last night had all the energy that the always angsty, yet somehow optimistic group has possessed since the release of 1995's Sparkle and Fade, which put them on the musical map.
Since Everclear released a new record, Invisible Stars, less than six months ago, I half expected these '90s-era rockers to focus on new material and only play a few hits. Instead, it was the opposite. They performed almost all of So Much For The Afterglow and swept through their singles collection. The band only played one song off Stars, "Be Careful What You Ask For," during the encore, in between "You Make Me Feel Like a Whore" and "I Will Buy You a New Life."
Early on during the performance, Alexakis told the crowd that his father actually lives in Houston, in the River Oaks area, and is always trying to add him on Facebook. Before "Father of Mine," he said that he finds a certain pleasure in rejecting his dad's friend requests every month.
Before Everclear, Eve 6 got the crowd's blood pumping with a brief but enjoyable set, focusing on their new album, last year's Speak in Code, as well as hit tracks from Horrorscope, It's All In Your Head and their debut, self-titled album, which is now 14 years old.
They may not be selling out giant venues and stadiums anymore, but a small group of dedicated fans were very happy to hear some music from their past Wednesday night. And though it was a weeknight, and I had a long drive to make home after the show, it was well worth it.
Personal Bias: Have I made it clear enough that I love '90s music yet?
Overheard In the Crowd: "I'm not just an atheist, I'm anti-faith!"
Random Notebook Dump: I appreciate when artists applaud their fan base for voting, but not because they voted for a specific candidate.