As Eve 6 wraps up their tour dates with Everclear in about a month they can reflect back on the year that 2012 has been for them. They came back with their first album in almost a decade, Speak in Code. They also returned to consistent touring with headlining shows as well as runs with the All-American Rejects, and now Everclear. Speaking with Alternative Addiction for the first time, Eve 6 guitarist Jon Siebels discussed the bands touring regiment this past year, in particular the current tout with Everclear.
"It's been great," said Siebels. "Max and I have known Art (Alexiakis of Everclear) forever. I was probably 15 years old when I met Art. Sparkle and Fade, for all three of us, is one of those seminal records for us. It came out when I was in high school and Everclear was the one band that I liked on the radio back then. I like all of their records but Sparkle and Fade is the one where I was at the perfect age. I know every word to every song. I know every guitar part. I know every drum fill. From a fan’s perspective, it’s been awesome to walk out front and watch a couple of songs every night. Plus, it’s been a pretty good match up with crowds too. Overall, it’s been a pretty good tour."
One of the stops before the tour is over includes The Gramercy Theatre in New York on Tuesday, December 4th. In the interview, Siebels talked about the challenge of playing New York City and the band’s relationship with what many call the greatest city on Earth.
"New York and L.A. are kind of similar in that there is so much going on any given night, especially New York. There’s going to be twenty good shows going on around town every single night of the week. Plus, there are other things to do as well- like bars and dance clubs. Shows there are tougher in a way because in a smaller town, the show is the thing that’s going on that night so that’s what people do," explained the Eve 6 guitarist.
“But having said that, it’s a sophisticated crowd, its people that know a lot about music and they see a lot of bands and they know their stuff. We've always had great shows in New York. We just played the Gramercy on our headline tour and it was one of the best shows of the tour. People traveled from the suburbs and those kinds of things. And the city of New York is my favorite city in America. Just being there with the New York vibe… I love that.”
As Eve 6 wraps up 2012, we asked Siebels what 2013 was going to bring for the group and if they were going to take an extended break to start the year. Jon talked about what they were going to do in 2013 with concerts.
"I don’t think anything’s going to happen at the beginning of January, but we’ve got a couple of things coming to fruition right now. But we will definitely be out through at least summer of next year I’d say.”
As far as a new record, Jon says that while the band isn’t doing a lot of writing on the road, they still plan on making another record right after they’re done promoting Speak in Code.
“There are already a few songs kicking around and the plan is basically that once when we’re done with this album cycle its right back in with another record. We didn’t put in all of this work this year just to let it go.”
Eve 6 and Everclear will play a few more dates this month to finish up their tour. It will wrap up on December 9th in Lancaster, PA. The band will be off for a couple of weeks after that before they play a New Years Eve show with Everclear in Niagara Falls. Tomorrow the two bands will play at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Alternative Addiction and LiveNation have five pairs of tickets to the show to give away. If you you’re in New York or close by, you can register to win the tickets by visiting, alternativeaddiction.com/win/giveaways/eve6everclear.asp. You can buy tickets for the event here.