Few bands horizons looked better than Eve 6s did back in the late 90s and early 00s. The alt-rock outfit enjoyed a major-label record deal, a platinum album and smash singles in Inside Out and Heres to the Night.
Then, ironically enough, things fell into a beautiful oblivion.
Sales of its third, heavier release, 2003s Its All in Your Head tanked, so Eve 6 was dropped from RCA. With front man Max Collins openly struggling to go sober, the band soon went on an indefinite hiatus.
We all sort of needed that time to stretch out creatively and personally, guitarist Jon Siebels said. Being that we were so young, we ended up in the Eve 6 bubble right off the bat and just stayed there. It was nice to grow musically and personally into individuals and have our own identities.
Several side projects later, Collins and drummer Tony Fagenson reformed Eve 6 in 2007 for occasional shows, and Siebels rejoined last year, prompting a full reunion tour and a new record, Speak in Code, due April 24.
The guys were somewhat surprised that the emergence of the Internet after their demise sustained a demand.
Theres still this huge crop of fans, Siebels said. People showed they still cared, and there was this opportunity to be out there, still doing what we love.
To record Speak in Code, Eve 6 found a better fit in Fearless Records and opted to work with producer Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park), who helmed the acts first two discs.
We used our original formula.
Im happy to have made, again, a real album, from top to bottom. It sounds like us, Siebels said. Its an Eve 6 record thats not just about one song.
Although sonically, Code most closely relates to 2000s Horrorscope, the band is quick to note its not a carbon copy, either.
Its a natural evolution, Siebels said. We have more programmed, synth-type elements, but at the core of it, its drums, bass and guitar, while branching out to find new sounds. Its going to be familiar, but feel like progression as well. It was a nice happy medium. It wont be like, Whoa. What happened to Eve 6?