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Eve 6 at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Twenty years ago, Eve 6 turned the alt.rock world "Inside Out" with the release of its self-titled debut album. The California trio has released three albums since then, but it's taking a minute this year to celebrate its most shining moment.

And it deserves the attention. The "Eve 6" album hit No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Heatseekers chart. "Inside Out" topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, while "Leech" and "Tongue Tied" cemented a solid fan following.

Eve 6's fortunes have varied since. The group split up for three years before reuniting in 2007, and drummer Tony Fagenson, son of Detroit-born producer and record company executive Don Was, left earlier this year. But Max Collins and Jon Siebels are continuing what they started back in 1995, and they're planning something new even as they commemorate the past...

Collins, 40 -- who released a solo album in 2014 and also has another band, Fitness -- says by phone that the 20th anniversary of the first album is "definitely surreal. When you think about actual moments along the timeline, it feels like an eternity, but that fact that we're still able to go out and play and people show up and want to hear these songs 20 years later is pretty cool."

Collins says that sound of "Eve 6" "was us not knowing what we were doing at all. It was before we started to become a cog in the wheel of the machine. There wasn't any pressure on it, really, and it was this kind of exercise of us being kids, figuring out how to put songs together over the latter part of our high school career, which is when most of those songs were written. It kind of transcends adolescence. Would I write the lyric 'I want to put my tender heart in a blender' today? No, I definitely wouldn't, but that's also the line that people remember. So I have sort of mingled emotions about it -- part pride, part embarrassment, the same way you would feel if someone was going through an old photo album."

It's been six year since Eve 6's last album, and though Collins predicts the group will release more new music in the future he says a full album may not be on the agenda. "My creative energy now is going more into Fitness, but I do think it would be cool to do a single (with Eve 6) at some point, maybe next year. We've talked about doing a deep cuts, punk covers EP or something that's just kind of indulgent and fun for us, but maybe a few other people might find entertaining. I'm sure we'll do something at some point."

Eve 6 and Party Nails perform Friday, Dec. 7, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 8 p.m. $28. 313-961-9358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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