Everclear brings back memories with Summerland
There is something endearing about Everclear front man Art Alexakis. While many bands love to relive the glory days to collect a check based off nostalgia, Alexakis seems to mean well. He put together the 1990s alt-rock themed Summerland tour that came to Proof Bar on Sunday.
Yes, there were plenty of rehearsed rock’n’roll cliches from all the bands, but Everclear seemed to enjoy themselves the most. Alexakis seems to care about the rock music that took the airwaves by storm in the 90s and has no trouble spearheading that revival for a summer show that took most of the crowd back it its high school days. Everclear kicked off its set with seminal favorite “So Much for the Afterglow” and continued with a set heavy in the hits like “Everything To Everyone”, “Father of Mine”, “I Will Buy You A New Life” and the closer that included a jam session from all the bands on the bill, “Santa Monica.” Alexakis took a few breaks to strum up some Led Zeppelin riffs and even played a little bit of “Sweet Home Alabama” before reminding the crowd that ” we all need a little rock’n’roll in our lives.”
The current incarnation of Live, sans the original lead singer, came across as more of a Live cover band you’d see at a bar like Sherlocks. Filter and Sponge did a solid job bringing back memories with a handful of recognizable radio songs. The crowd was made up of fans who are mostly pushing their mid 30s, frat-boy types, the 94.5 The Buzz crowd and guys wearing MMA shirts and their Midtown-centric girlfriends.
The tour has good intentions when you strip down the preconceived notion of “washed up bands” trying revitalize their relevancy. Alexakis and company are just trying to have some fun and at the end of the day, isn’t that what rock’n’roll is about?