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Sixty Seconds with Art Alexakis 

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Indy: Over the past few years, you've experienced divorce, bankruptcy, band member resignations and a departure from Capitol Records. No wonder Everclear's latest album is called Welcome to the Drama Club.

AA:Yeah, actually, it's been laden with drama. Some of that is due to me, and some is due to other people. The main thing I've learned in the last three years is you can always walk away from it, and you don't have to add to it.

Indy: Sure, but the new album sounds like you're definitely taking Everclear in a new direction. That always means more drama, right?

AA: I've been wanting to make a more R&B, more singer-songwriter, more rootsy, stripped-down record for the past five years. Before, I got flak from the other guys in the band, management people and label people.

Indy: Do you really think Everclear's big-black-boots-and-an-old-suitcase audience is ready for a singer-songwriter album?

AA: I have no fucking idea. It doesn't sound like anything else on the radio I can hear, or any other band that's putting out records. I think the closest would be Maroon 5. I don't know. But we don't care. We're going to go out and play, try to get played on the radio. I think people, regardless if it fits current demographics or not, will always gravitate to a great song. I'm hoping people give us a chance.

John Benson

At Englewood's Gothic Theatre, Feb. 7.

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