Whoever said fame is fleeting knew exactly what they were talking about. The term "peaked too soon" also comes to mind when discussing Eve 6. Every high school Rock band dreams of making it big. That means becoming a big fish in the relatively small pond and not having to pay any significant dues. No miserable gigs in small dark, dank clubs before only a handful of patrons. The Punk-pop Eve 6 released their self-titled debut while still in their teens. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. High school students, Jon Siebels (guitar/backing vocals) and Max Collins (bass/vocals), La Crescenta, CA, residents, started Eleventeen in '95. They signed a contract with RCA but it took another two years, and the addition of drummer Tony Fagenson, before their self-titled debut, with the Modern Rock hit "Inside Out," was released in '98.
Fagenson not only brought his percussion skills, he came up with the group's name. A big X-Files fan, Fagenson remembered the segment titled Eves and the rather memorable character, Eve 6.
Sophomore effort, "Horrorscope" hit two years later and contained "Promise" and "Here's To The Night," with the latter taking on a life of its own.
Throughout Rock history people have misunderstood lyrics, sometimes to a hilarious degree. But as Rock lyrics matured, not only were lyrics misinterpreted but so was a song's intent. "Here's To The Night," a song about a one night stand, seemed to be about the end of an era and was chosen by many graduating senior classes as their "class song."
World tours kept Eve 6 busy through '01. As the group began work on their third album, "It's All In Your Head," Collins was arrested for indecent exposure (what?) in a Pittsburgh hotel lobby. A few months later, the single "Think Twice" (good advice) did OK but the album failed to generate sales. So RCA did the only logical thing they could do, they dropped the band. Soon Eve 6 bit the dust playing their last show in July of '04.
Eve 6, more power pop than Punk, injected literate lyrics into their songs. The power trio (guitar, bass and drums) is Rock's most basic and limiting line-up. Eve 6 varies their arrangements, tempos and song textures (including extensive double tracking) to avoid predictability.
"Inside Out" on their debut album, is easily the best song they ever recorded. The song kicks but it also features a rush of evocative images ("find nothing but faith in nothing," "heart in a blender" and "beautiful oblivion."). Eve 6 pulls out the stops on the lively "Superhero Girl." Perhaps reflecting on their time in La Crescenta, "Small Town Trap," and the dreams of breaking out, resonates.
"Horrorscope" is Eve 6 at their pinnacle. The hit "Promise" sounds reasonably close to "Inside Out." Though "Here's To The Night" is not about graduating from high school just about every line fits. The song will send a listener straight to their yearbook. "On The Roof" features more clever, stream of conscious lyrics with the juxtaposition of words that sound alike but have far different meanings ("hymen" and "hey man" or "heinous" and "highness" The raucous "Rescue," "Amphetamines" and the escapist "Nocturnal" ("I have a bone to pick with reality") are a major part of the group's legacy. The appealing pop of "Girl Eyes" closes out the album.
While "It's All In Your Head" represents a step down, Eve 6 has a lot to offer. "Still Here Waiting," with its burning guitar and feedback squeals, and "Without You Here" prove they still have it. The less energetic songs "Think Twice" and "Bring Out The Night" are well written and effective. The album does stumble on the acoustic tracks, "Hey Montana" and "Girlfriend." These sparse songs lack the focus of the group's more notable tracks, and bluntly, Collins just doesn't have a balladeer's voice.