Everclear

EverclearThough it has been hinted at before, fans now officially can add "political activist" to the many personas occupied by Everclear frontman Art Alexakis. "I'm at the point right now where I'm writing about things that are more political," he says. "I'm not trying to say we are the Clash or anything, but I do feel compelled to write about various abuses, things that are just not right about the state of the world today."

Never one to shy away from social commentary, Alexakis' newest lyrical observations -- many are diatribes against the American right wing -- bubble over on "Slow Motion Daydream," due this week from Capitol. Alexakis, bassist Craig Montoya, and drummer Greg Eklund dissect the anxiety of global terrorism in "New York Times" and pay homage to horrors closer to home in "Chrysanthemum," which was written after the abduction and murder of a young girl not far from Alexakis' home in Portland, Ore.

"It's been a hard couple of years. There are no illusions anymore," Alexakis deadpans. "Am I a political activist? Yes, at every level, whether it is fighting a war I think is unjustified or going to a demonstration at a local reservoir they're trying to fill up without representation from the community." The band begins a U.S. tour March 29 in Grand Forks, N.D.