Everclear is the brainchild of Alex Alexakis, whose personal lyrics and knack for a grunge-pop hook have kept the group popular through changes in popular music tastes and band personnel. The group was formed when Alexakis moved to Portland, Oregon and recruited Craig Montoya and Scott Cuthbert to back him up. Everclear released its first album, World Of Noise on independent Fire Records in 1993, and embarked on a nonstop tour schedule. Greg Eklund replaced Cuthbert on drums just before the band signed to Capitol and released 1995's Sparkle And Fade, which went on to platinum status thanks to the modern rock hit "Santa Monica." They followed up with the even more successful So Much For The Afterglow in 1997. Songs From An American Movie, an ambitious double album project, was their next effort, with both Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile and Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude released in 2000, and, although they spawned the hit "Wonderful," the timing of the releases hurt sales. Slow Motion Daydream, in 2003, did not sell as well, and Eklund and Montoya departed after the tour. Alexakis embarked on a solo tour before reassembling a new lineup in 2004. They've been working on the new album ever since, and Welcome To The Drama Club is due in September, 2006.
Alex Alexakis uses sometimes painfully personal, first-person lyrics, wrapped in catchy pop tunes to tell tales of family poverty, resentment and loss, sounding like a '90s update of a songwriting tradition shared by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg. A great example is the end of the hit single "Father Of Mine." His emotion building throughout as he lists the crimes of his absent father, the song reaches a crescendo as Alexakis states that he has a child now and will never "let her know all the pain I have known." You can practically hear the angry tears falling.