Artist: Eve 6

Inside Out – Eve 6

While most people know of Eve 6 as Max Collins (lead singer, bassist), Jon Siebels (guitarist) and Tony Fagenson (drummer), the band actually went through two drummers and two name changes before becoming Eve 6 as we know them today.

In 1994 as freshmen in high school, Max and Jon formed their first band called Yakoo in La Crascenta, CA. Through the next two years, the band would be renamed Eleventeen and they would add Nick Meyers as the permanent drummer. Playing the local scene, RCA talent scouts took note and eventually sign them to a record deal. Prior to recording, Nick parted ways with the band and Max and Jon quickly replaced him with current drummer Tony Fagenson. While recording their self-titled EP “Eleventeen” (both CD and 45″ formats) featuring 6 tracks, Tony suggested a new name for the band: Eve 6. Tony, an avid X-Files fan, had seen the episode “Eve”, which featured genetically engineered characters known as “Eves”. He got the name from the character called Eve #6 who made a remark about biting a guard’s eyeball, which Fagenson thought merited “Eve 6″ as a band name. While it was too late to change the name of the band for the EP, the group decided that going forward, they would officially be known as Eve 6.

Under the name of Eve 6, Collins, Siebels, and Fagenson completed their first LP, titled simply “Eve 6″ in late-1997, with a release date set for early 1998. In the interim, the single “Inside Out” was sent to radio stations across the country. While slow to gather steam, “Inside Out” would eventually prove to be the band’s most successful single on the modern rock charts, reaching the #1 position. The success of “Inside Out,” along with follow up singles “Leech,” “Open Road Song,” and “Tongue Tied” along with an opening slot on tour with Third Eye Blind pushed “Eve 6″ to platinum status by August of 1998.

Prior to beginning the recording process for their 2nd album as Eve 6, the band recorded a Pixies cover, “Allison” in 1999 and had it featured on “Where is My Mind? A Pixies Tribute Album.”

Not long after recording “Allison”, the band was back in the studio recording a proper follow-up to “Eve 6.” Horrorscope In May of 2000, the first single from Eve 6′s sophomore album was released; “Promise” reached #3 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts and remained a staple on alternative and mainstream radio throughout the summer, and gained momentum for the album, entitled “Horrorscope,” released in July. Follow-up single “On the Roof Again,” released in the fall of 2000 failed to match the success of “Promise” and sales of “Horrorscope” remained modest. For the remainder of the year and into early 2001, Eve 6 continued touring in support of the record. In mid 2001, over a year after the release of “Horrorscope,” a third and final single was released. “Here’s to the Night” became a sleeper hit of the summer, and propelled “Horrorscope” to Gold status. The string-laced ballad was uncharacteristic of Eve 6, and charted worse than any of their previous singles on the Modern Rock Charts, at only number 33. However, the song proved to be a mainstream hit, reaching number 30 on the US hot 100 (of Eve 6′s six previous singles, only “Inside Out” charted on the US Hot 100) as well as charting at number 14 on the US Top 40 Mainstream Charts (only “Inside Out” and “Promise” had charted there before, at numbers 11 and 40, respectively) and number 7 on the US Adult Top 40 Charts, the highest of any Eve 6 single; proceeded by “Inside Out” (16) and “Promise” (33.) Eve 6 ended 2001 by contributing non-album song “Anytime” to the “Out Cold” soundtrack, a song that has since become immensely popular with fans.

Initially pressured by record label RCA to come together at the end of 2001 and record a third album, the band, feeling burned out by the recording and touring lifestyle of musicians, insisted on a brief respite to gather themselves before attempting a new record. Throughout 2002, the band rested and collected their thoughts before reconvening to record again. After many demos and much experimentation, the final product, entitled “It’s All in Your Head” (allegedly from a mantra the band used to keep themselves motivated in tough times) was delivered to RCA for distribution in July of 2003. Usually agreed to be Eve 6′s most intimate and personal album, “It’s All in Your Head” strayed from the typical structuring of albums for alternative bands, and came through with some more experimental and original songs. Lead single “Think Twice” performed well on the Modern Rock Charts, reaching number 9, but the album failed to sell. Second single “At Least We’re Dreaming” failed to chart, and plans for a third single, “Girlfriend” were dropped. Not long after, due in part to lower than expected sales (around 190,000 units moved) Eve 6 was dropped from RCA records. The band announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus and played a few final shows, ending in St. Louis on July 15th, 2004.

Immediately after Eve 6′s break up, Max Collins formed a solo project, Brotherhood of Lost Dogs. Jon Siebels joined California indie-band Monsters Are Waiting, and Tony Fagenson began producing.

In late 2005 it was announced that Max and Tony were working together making music, and for about a year, that’s all the news that was made available. During the summer of 2006, however, a flood of information came in. The band was called The Sugi Tap, demos of songs would be available soon and shows would be played throughout Southern California. For about a year, The Sugi Tap maintained contact with fans through their official MySpace, giving several interviews and releasing a digital only EP in March of 2007. Soon after, news slowed down and the promise of a big announcement led to many rumours about The Sugi Tap’s future.

In early October of 2007, that announcement was made: Eve 6 was reuniting. While original guitarist Jon Siebels has elected not to return to the band (he will remain with Monsters Are Waiting), Eve 6 began booking shows using Matt Blair (Lead singer, guitarists for Band Camp) as the fill-in guitarist. On October 20th, 2007, Eve 6 played their first show in over 3 years at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The set list included classic Eve 6 songs like Inside Out, Promise, Think Twice while featuring Little Tiny Everything and Pick up the Pieces from their recordings under The Sugi Tap. In a surprise to most, they also performed the song “Anytime”, which had only been performed live once before this show.

Plans for the new Eve 6 include touring colleges up until the summer of 2008, at which point they plan to book a real tour, as well as begin work on what will be the fourth Eve 6 album and first in five years. In the mean time, both Collins and Fagenson have been working with other artists, writing and producing for Alex Band, Puddle of Mudd, and Ryan Star, among others

Inside Out

[flv]http://djallyn.org/media/eve-6-inside-out.flv[/flv]

“I would swallow my pride,
I would choke on the rinds,
but the lack thereof would leave me empty inside,
swallow my doubt
turn it inside out
find nothing but faith in nothing.
Want to put my tender heart in a blender,
watch it spin ’round into a beautiful oblivion.
Rendezvous, then I’m through with you

I burn, burn like a wicker cabinet,
chalk white and oh so frail.
I see our time has gotten stale.
The tick tock of the clock is painful,
all sane and logical.
I want to tear it off the wall.
I hear words in clips and phrases,
I think sick like ginger ale,
My stomach turns and I exhale.

I would swallow my pride,
I would choke on the rinds,
But the lack thereof would leave me empty inside.
I would swallow my doubt,
turn it inside out,
find nothing but faith in nothing.
Want to put my tender heart in a blender,
watch it spin ’round into a beautiful oblivion.
Rendezvous, then I’m through with you.

SoCal is where my mind states,
but it’s not my state of mind.
I’m not as ugly, sad as you.
Or am I origami?
Folded up and just pretend,
demented as the motives in your head.

I would swallow my pride,
I would choke on the rinds,
but the lack thereof would leave me empty inside.
I would swallow my doubt,
turn it inside out,
find nothing but faith in nothing.
Want to put my tender heart in a blender,
watch it spin ’round into a beautiful oblivion.
Rendezvous, then I’m through with you .

I alone am the one you don’t know you need
take heed, feed your ego.
Make me blind when your eyes close,
sink when you get close, tie me to the bedpost.

I alone am the one you don’t know you need,
you don’t know you need me.
Make me blind when your eyes close,
Tie me to the bedpost.

I would swallow my pride,
I would choke on the rinds,
but the lack thereof would leave me empty inside.
Swallow my doubt,
turn it inside out,
find nothing but faith in nothing.
Want to put my tender heart in a blender,
watch it spin ’round to a beautiful oblivion.
Rendezvous, then I’m through,
now I’m through with you

through with you

rendezvous then I’m through with you…”

  • Audio from a rare acoustical self-titled recording from a concert in Japan.
  • Original version from the 1997 album, Eve 6:

(378)