Everclear singer Art Alexakis enjoys his time with his 9-year-old daughter, Arizona. Each day he’s home, he drives her to school and the two indulge in music.
“I was listening to Taylor Swift with my daughter,” Alexakis says. “You know what? She’s got some great songs, man. You can hate, hate, hate all day. There are great songs there and they are done well in her genre.”
One thing about Everclear is the band has never subscribed to a specific genre, moving from grunge to pop-punk and back to grunge. The L.A.-based group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its landmark album So Much for the Afterglow, which includes the songs “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You a New Life” and “Father of Mine.” Everclear will celebrate the milestone with a concert at the Marquee Theatre on Tuesday, June 27.
“I don’t know how I feel about it,” the affable Alexakis says with a laugh about the anniversary.
“Did you listen to the record 20 years ago? It makes you feel old, too? It’s a trip, man. There are so many hits on this record. We’ve been going out and playing the whole record almost. We had five singles off of it; three of them were big hits. We were blessed to have that come after Sparkle and Fade. Having a successful album that’s bigger than your first record is amazing.”
Alexakis hosts “The Art Alexakis Show” at 3 p.m. Pacific Time Sundays on Sirius XM’s Lithium (channel 34). He frequently plays Everclear songs and hears from fans how the songs changed their lives.
“People find the songs to be timeless,” he says. “A great song is a great song. I think these are great songs.”
He’s expanding that collection of tunes by working on a solo record, for which he’s playing the instruments himself. Alexakis says it probably won’t be released until late 2018.
“I have about 15 pretty flushed-out ideas to work on,” he says. “I’m sure I’ll write more songs. It’s most acoustic guitar and vocals. I’ve been playing piano a little bit—very badly. Through the power of recorded music, it makes me feel like a better piano player.
“If I did a solo record with a bunch of other musicians, that’s too close to Everclear. It’s my thing, anyway, so what’s the difference? It’s just me playing instruments that aren’t in my comfort zone and just being creative with it.”
In the meantime, Alexakis is excited to play the Marquee.
“It’s hard to believe we made this record 20 years ago,” he says. “Even though I’m in a different place now than the guy who first wrote and sang these songs, and even though faces, voices and relationships change, the songs still feel relevant and vital every time we play them live. I can’t wait to play the whole record for the first time with the guys in Everclear now. It’s going to be awesome.”
Everclear w/Vertical Horizon, Fastball and Darkness Dear Boy, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, $36-$225.