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Interview:
Everclear's not letting nostalgia get in the way of progress
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The Summerland Tour 2012 may be all about 90s nostalgia. But Everclear's Art Alexakis thinks there's some deeper meaning in that.

"I think a lot of people feel alienated today by a lack of credible bands," says Alexakis, 50, whose group scored hits such as "Santa Monica," "I Will Buy You a New LIfe," "Everything to Everyone" and "So Much For the Afterglow." "There's a lot of one-hit-wonders -- a lot of really great songs, but these bands come out nowhere, have a big hit and then just fade (away). There aren't any classic bands coming out now.

"All these bands we're touring with (Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground), we sound different but we all had a lot of hits played on alternative radio, modern rock radio. People listened to us as bands, not just for the songs."

Alexakis still comports himself the same way in the music world. "I'm still making records," he says, meaning albums -- including "Invisible Stars," which came out last month and is Everclear's first set of new material in six years. Alexakis knows he's something of an anomaly in the iTunes world, but he says he's OK with that.

"There's a real push away from album culture and back to singles, which makes it hard for bands," he explains. "But I don't make singles. That's not what I want to do. I write songs that fit together; you can listen to them by themselves but when they're together they're that much better.

"I'll keep doing that, too. I'm proud of ('Invisible Stars') and I'm proud to still make (albums). Everyone else can go do the singles thing; someone has to make full (albums) 'cause it would be tragic if they just went away."

The Summerland Tour 2012 with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground plays at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $48 and $43. Call 866-782-0633 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com

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