A good interview from Weeping Elvis:
I first met Art Alexakis around 1995 when I was Music Director at WHFS in DC.
Everclear was in studio to perform “Santa Monica” from their million plus selling Sparkle and Fade. Their follow up, So much for the Afterglow, went on to sell millions more and earned them a Grammy nomination.
Everclear is back with Invisible Stars, their first new album in six years- to be released June 26th. It’s a return to their vintage sound just in time for the Summerland Tour which features a line-up of hit-packed 90′s bands. We spoke with Art from his home in LA before the band was leaving to play for U.S. troops in Japan.
Weeping Elvis- It’s good to hear your voice. I wanted to start with asking you about The Other F Word – the documentary about punk dads which featured you and that recently aired on Showtime. How do you balance your life with playing in a band and having a family?
Art Alexakis- Well, you’ve gotta pay the bills. I’m kind of old school like that. I was taught how to be a man by my mother. That’s happening more and more. At the time I think I was kind of a beta test for divorce with kids because no one was really doing it until the late 60’s or early 70’s when families started exploding because women started figuring that if they didn’t like a situation and didn’t want that situation and they wanted something better for them and their kids, they could do it. It’s what my mom did and I think I learned from that. I think what it comes to is I’ve tried to do what I think is right. I’ve been pretty good. (Laughs) If you talk to my ex-wives they’d probably tell you I didn’t do so good, but if you talk to my youngest daughter she thinks daddy is pretty awesome. My oldest daughter is in college and doesn’t really talk to me at all but she still wants money. To be fair the money is for school, she’s doing really well in school and that’s kind of her deal right now. I’m just hoping things will come around.
WE- It sounds complicated.