When beginning work on their third album, pop-rockers Eve 6 found that to
get a better grip on themselves, all they had to do was loosen up.
"We kind of let go of our own strangleholds on ourselves," drummer Tony Fagenson said from the New York studio where the trio are nearly two-thirds finished with the follow-up to 2000's Horrorscope, which is expected to drop in the early spring. "The last record we had a very closed definition of what kind of music we wanted to do, and on this one the definition has kind of opened up a bit."
Further assisting Fagenson, bassist Max Collins and guitarist Jon Siebels in their foray into new frontiers was the move from recording in Los Angeles, where Horrorscope and 1998's self-titled debut were done and where the band members reside, to New York, where the band worked with producer Greg Wattenberg (Dishwalla, Five for Fighting). Fagenson credits the geographical shift with helping to develop the rougher edge he says the new songs take. It's like the difference between a well-manicured lawn in West Hollywood and a granite slab of sidewalk on the Lower East Side.
"We've moved a little bit out of the realm of punky sort of pop," he
explained. "They're still very much pop songs on this new record, but
there's probably even more of an edge on this record than either of the last
two. ... We're willing to lay it all out there for you this time. This is
just the most representative record of us that we've done so far. Not to
slag the other two records at all, because we're very proud of those, but
this is exactly the record we need to be making right now."
Eve 6 have readied 14 songs for the new LP, and they're in the process of
paring the load down to 12. Among those like to make the cut include the
tentatively titled "Think Twice," "At Least I'm Dreaming" and "Good Lives,"
whose theme Fagenson said was indicative of the album overall. While the
topic of questioning one's place in the world is timeless, it usually arises
at about the same phase in everyone's life.
"That just comes with being young adults in the time that we're living in,"
he said, "being 24-year-olds living in a very uncertain time —
especially in this nation — and wondering really what does it all
mean. I know that every generation asks this question — it's almost
every generation's job to ask this question. It's kind of a big question,
and the only question we're thinking about. 'Does anything we do really
matter in the long run?' "
After touring for 15 months in support of the slow-burning
Horrorscope, which didn't take off until "Here's to the Night" became
a high-school prom anthem 10 months after its release, Eve 6 wanted to hit
the studio almost immediately to start work on the follow-up. Fortunately,
they didn't, and the time spent between the end of their tour and starting
the recording process proved invaluable.
"We all needed to grow as people," Fagenson said. "And this last year has
been about finding ourselves a little bit and finding ourselves as a band
and really coming together. And if we had gone right into the studio and
done a record this time last year, we wouldn't have nearly quality that we
have right now. And I really say that with utter confidence because this is
the best stuff we've ever done and we're really excited about it."