If you grew up in the 1990s and and early 2000s, odds are pretty high that you remember Eve 6
. Whether it was the simple punk-pop brilliance of "Inside Out" or the fact that "Here's to the Night" has an almost 100% possibility of being played at every prom and high school graduation ever, for a trio of kids who were signed to RCA Records when they were still in high school, Eve 6 helped to define the burgeoning pop-punk scene when it was still cool to like Blink 182 and before pop-punk grew to mean teenybopper magnets like Good Charlotte or Taking Back Sunday. We had a very candid chat with Jon Siebels, Eve 6's lead guitarist, about what it means to finally return to the music world with Eve 6's first new album, Speak In Code
, in nearly ten years.
The first thing we immediately realized from the interview is just how excited Jon Siebels(and the rest of the band) are to be making music with the original Eve 6 lineup for the first time since they broke up in 2004. As Jon so simply put it, "It feels great man. It feels really good. I sort of rejoined the band about a year ago, and seeing where we are a year later really blows my mind. I think the time apart was healthy and necessary. And everyone's really focused, and really concentrated, and excited about it. It feels great." Just listening to him talk, you could really tell just how much he meant what he was saying, and the obvious emotional ties he has with this band and the music they've made together over the years.
A lot of the time, bands that have broken up may get back together to tour again on occasion, but they rarely decide to make a new album (because of the obvious risk that your new work will just seem like a cheap attempt to cash in on your glory days). When asked what made the band decide to make new material after all these years, Siebels' answer was as enlightening and honest as everything else he said during the interview. "Max [Collins] and Tony [Fagenson] started playing together again a couple years ago and they were playing shows and stuff like that. Overall, the fanbase was what inspired it. To be this far down the line and to be this far away from our first record and to have so many people that care still, I think that was a big part of the motivation. We can really do this thing again and get it out to the people who really want to hear it. We feel fortunate for that. Obviously things are going to evolve, and we're going to change a bit. It was about finding what was going to really be exciting for the fans, and I feel like that's what we did for the record."
So far, two singles off of Speak in Code
have been released. We've seen "Lost and Found"
, a shotgun blast to the past of 90s alt rock (but still enjoyable as hell), and "Victoria"
which found the band exploring some of the more electronic roots of their more modern pop-punk contemporaries like the Killers (and it was also remarkably fun). Figuring out how to still seem fresh while still respecting the roots and sounds that helped made them famous is the bridge that every aging band has to cross (unless they choose to completely reinvent themselves every record), but as Siebels told us, embracing the electronics so prominent in modern music wasn't as unheard of for them as you may think.
As Siebels told us, "If you listen to Horrorscope
, the second album, there was a lot of the same element, a lot of the dancey, keyboard element mixed in with it." Talking about how that was more uncommon back in 2000 when Horrorscope
was released, Siebels let everyone know that introducing electronics into the mix wasn't a huge departure for their sound. "It's not totally new to us." He also told us however that the song which prompted the question, "Victoria," was probably the most overtly electronic track on the album. He still feels that the album's core is the same drum/guitar/bass trio that's been the Eve 6 we've all known for so long.
As we mentioned earlier, songs like "Here's to the Night" and "Inside Out" have become a canonical part of the soundtrack of many people's youth. Back in the waning days of when MTV actually played music, Eve 6 helped to define the legacy of pop punk. Siebels felt very humbled by the continuing affection his fans have shown their music over the years. "It's amazing. i think we're all honestly just now starting to really see that. The people who were in junior high school at the time are now old enough to be going to our shows and be out in the world. We're really starting to kind of get that feedback more and more from that generation. and it's awesome."
Despite the positive way they're remembered now, Siebels also talked about the negative pushback they faced from the music community when they first arrived on the scene. "At the time, we definitely seemed so young ourselves. We were 18/19 years old ourselves when the first record came out. There was definitely a lot more, shall we say, haters. Now, it's a lot more people who grew up with us and didn't have those feelings towards us. Sometimes it makes me feel a little bit old." Siebels also shared stories about how younger bands that they tour with now have told Eve 6 that they were one of the bands to help influence them to make music in the first place. "We feel really honored to play a part in that. And again, to be this far down the line, and have people still care and remember that. It's good in an age where things come and go so quickly."
After so many years away from the Eve 6 world, Jon Siebels had one last message to his fans to help keep them exciting for the upcoming album, as well as to show his gratitude for the love they've shown the group over the years. "There was a lot of uncertain years, the band being reformed and us not all being together and the long time waiting for the album. I think that stage is over. There's a whole new stage. It isn't a side project for us. It isn't a vanity project. It's the next stage of the career. Just as we're excited for getting this record out, we're looking down the road to get the next one out. It won't be ten years before the next record. We're going to be touring constantly. There was a long time where people waited around, and we're so thankful for that but that waiting thing won't have to happen. We'll be out there doing our thing. We're back at full force is our number one priority for all of us."
So, if you grew up loving Eve 6 as much as we did, Speak in Code
comes out 4/27 and Eve 6 will be going on a nationwide tour to support the album. They're back, and if the initial singles are any indication, it will be like they never went away.