Although Art Alexakis gained fame in the mid-1990’s as the singer/songwriter behind the highly successful band, Everclear, his talents and interests embraced all types of music. A relentless promoter with great industry savy, he has also worked as an A&R man and gained fame as a media personality and political activist.
Everclear burst out of the Northwestern grunge-punk scene with hook-ridden songs and driving rock music reflecting Art’s post-punk, singer/songwriter influence backed by constant touring and aggressive self-promotion tactics.
Art had previously formed a country-punk band named Colorfinger in San Francisco before moving to Portland to form Everclear with their first independent release on his own Shindig label in 1993.
Capitol Records released Everclear’s Sparkle and Fade in 1995 and attracted a much wider audience. Singles Santa Monica and Heroin Girl, drove the album to platinum status. So Much for the Afterglow followed in 1997 and went double-platinum, particularly due to the success of three Top 5 modern rock hits: Everything to Everyone, I Will Buy You a New Life, and Father of Mine. Everclear was hailed Modern Rock Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine in 1998.
A double-barreled concept effort appeared in 2000 with the poppy Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile surfacing in early fall and the harder-rocking Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude appearing a few months later. Both records produced several charting singles, with the AM radio pop of Wonderful finding the most success.
In the ensuing years the band’s line-up changed all but for Art, and he eventually returned to his roots in the indie record world with the release of Welcome to the Drama Club in 2006.
Art continues to tour with Everclear as he also follows his eclectic musical tastes and songwriting skills into new directions and new challenges.