Eels latest album is called "The Deconstruction," but the Mark Oliver "E" Everett and company are always in some mode of creative construction.
The eclectic rock troupe has released a dozen albums, plus Everett released just as E, since 1992, often to critical acclaim. "The Deconstruction" came out a year ago and was the troupe's first new set in four years. Recorded with longtime aides de camp Koool G Murder and P-Boo, the set reflects some of Everett's life during that hiatus, including the birth of his first son -- and the subject of the track "Archie Goodnight."
Even a year later, however, Everett sounds reinvigorated and as committed and passionate as ever -- and not likely to slither away from us for another protracted period of time...
Everett, 56, says by phone that what happens next for Eels "is a very good question. There's nothing on the books for what happens next. It's one of those things where you wait and wake up on day and a thought occurs to you or somebody says something and suddenly you go, 'Yeah, that's it!' I would not like to take another hiatus, if possible, but right now I've got my hands full rocking these shows and being a dad."
And rest assured that fatherhood with Archie, who's nearly two years old, is job one for Everett these days. "It's mind-blowing. Every day I'm kind of amazed that I’m a father. I didn't see that in the cards. I can't say anything that's not the same kind of cliché that everybody says, that makes you want to throw up in your mouth. I don't want to be too much of a cliché, but all that stuff they say is right."
Eels was a part of former Journey singer Steve Perry's comeback to music. He sang sporadically with the group during 2015, singing on the group's own songs as well as some Journey hits. Last year he released "Traces," his first new music in 22 years, but Everett isn't taking any credit for that. "I wish I could, but I can't. I am still amazed that he put something out. I never thought it would happen. I was like, 'This guy is never gonna finish something.' I’m very proud of him, that he actually did it. It takes balls to disappear for that many years and actually come back. that's a big thing."
Eels and Inspectur Cluzo perform Friday, April 26, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $35 advance, $40 day of show. 313-833-9700 or majesticdetroit.com.
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