Everclear band leader Art Alexakis has always worn his heart on his sleeve. Many of Everclear’s songs were inspired (to varying degrees) by his own life experiences, family trouble, marriage/divorce and addiction.
He’s never shied away from expressing his innermost thoughts with his music, so when he recently went public with his multiple sclerosis diagnosis, it was only a matter of time before he expressed the emotions associated with it in musical form.
On Oct. 11, Alexakis, will release his first proper solo album, Sun Songs, and on Friday he premiered a track titled “The Hot Water Test” — which recalls the day he was informed of his medical situation by doctors.
“Doctors would diagnose MS by putting their patients into super-hot water and wait for them to start showing symptoms,” said Alexakis in a statement about the song. “It was pretty barbaric and miserable, and just one example of the the kind of experiences that people with MS, autoimmune diseases, cancer, or for that matter any debilitating disease, have to deal with all the time.”
“For the most part, it’s an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album. It’s not about making another Everclear record; it’s about doing something that’s just me,” he said in a statement about the new record.
More, from the news release:
Creating outside of the Everclear realm has given Alexakis the chance to explore styles and sounds that don’t necessarily work for his band. His solo work will push the boundaries of what to expect from an Art Alexakis composition, as he cites everything from classic country to hip hop, to the great acoustic singer-songwriters of the 1970’s as major influences for this record. “I’m pushing my ability and pushing the envelope, and having fun at the same time,” Alexakis continues. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this.”
Alexakis will head out on a solo tour in support of the album. The dates:
8th Oct – Evanston, IL – Space
9th Oct – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe
10th Oct – Boston, MA – City Winery
14th Oct – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Café
15th Oct – Norwich, UK – Epic Studios
16th Oct – London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
18th Oct – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
19th Oct – Birmingham, UK – Actress & Bishop
20th Oct – Dublin, IE – The Sound House