Eve 6 | Live in San Berdoo
I stood at the edge of the crowd, shifting my Chuck-clad feet, my drink in the little plastic cup empty and cheap vodka taste in my mouth. A piece of my past was performing just a few feet away from me and I was being taken back to a time when my shoes were new and my jeans were cut a little bit lower.
Just as I always did then, though, I wore a black t-shirt.
I hadn’t really thought about Eve 6 in years. Their biggest hit ‘Inside Out’ was on the radio most when I was driving around in an ‘88 Acura Legend, racing from stoplight to stoplight and into the night at local dives. Slowly, they faded from my regular repertoire only to surface occasionally on my local radio station.
I walked into Stingers Bar and Nightclub in San Bernardino, CA excited for my blast to the past just in time to catch a friend’s band, The Stillwinter. The steampunk-clad band is a self-described mix of Panic! At The Disco, Blink 182 and Paramore and a perfect start to a night of music that moved your feet and your heart.
Later in the night, the crowd pressed forward during a long break in anticipation of the headliners, peeked through the curtain and cheered, iPhones snapping away when Eve 6 took the stage.
Eve 6’s Collins singing “At Least We’re Dreaming” At Stingers in San Bernardino June 9, 2012.
Back in the groove after being broken up for several years, Eve 6, now under the label Fearless Records, took the stage without missing a beat. With a joy and a passion that filled the small venue, Max Collins, chatting with the crowd like they were sitting on a sofa in a garage. Drummer, Tony Fagenson, plays with joy instead of the aggression found in so many local bands I’ve seen, and Jon Siebel’s powerful performance rounds out the trio making the crowd move with the music.
I felt the same freedom I had years ago, when the only things weighing me down was my keys in my pocket and my license which stated that I wasn’t quite 21 yet.
Eve 6 sounded just like they did during theirs and my glory days, young and fun and a little bit crazy.
Even after closing the curtain and coming out with Collins playing an acoustic At Least We’re Dreaming, Eve 6 kept the room buzzing with energy in a long encore of old songs and new favorites. Trashing a friend’s girlfriend in B.F.G.F. and dedicating an old favorite, Leech, for the long-time fans still there ‘between the chasm of 3 and 4’.
I held up my hand with the rest of the crowd and took themselves back for Here’s To The Night, honoring the past which made us all who we were, including the band, who’s quick rise to fame paid a price in their own lives. And, of course, they ended with Inside Out, heading back to the source of it all during their new beginning.
Their current radio single Victoria is in true Eve 6 tradition a little corny, a little punk and a lot of fun.
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