REVIEW: Everclear at Donington
Kerrang, August 1996
The amazingly Kurt-Cobain-like Art Alexakis strides out purposefully and
tries his very best to pile into 'Electra Made Me Blind'. Nothing happens.
"Sorry about that," he grins. "My guitar amp just went."
It's the most important UK showing yet for the million-selling Yank
semi-superstars, and Mr Gremlin and his buddies have come over to stay the
weekend. 'Electra...' is abandoned altogether, and even after the miscreant
amplifier is replaced, Everclear never really gain momentum. 'You Make Me
Feel Like A Whore', 'Nehalem' and 'Heartspark Dollarsign' come and go in a
squall of screechy guitars and over-subtle hooks, and 20 feet either side of
the stage people queue up for ice creams totally untroubled by the efforts
of one of the most exciting new(ish) bands around.
A closing cover of AD/DC's 'Sin City' (sung hilariously in Bon Scott-style
by bassist/top nutter Craig Montoya) wakes a few lugubrious bearded types out
of their stupor, but of Everclear's own material only the new single, 'Santa
Monica', is anywhere close to catchy - and they don't even play the bastard.
Of course, it's already happened for Everclear Stateside, and it will
happen here too. Only not today.