His regular job may be that of singer for rock act Everclear, but Art Alexakis has political aspirations. As an elected delegate, the singer will represent Oregon's 3rd congressional district (Portlan
His regular job may be that of singer for rock act Everclear, but Art Alexakis has political aspirations. As an elected delegate, the singer will represent Oregon's 3rd congressional district (Portland) at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Boston.
"This is a year of choice for America," says Alexakis, who campaigned earlier this year for John Edwards in his bid for the party's nomination during the primaries. "We need leadership that is inclusive rather than exclusive, leaders who believe that free speech is a given right and not just for a privileged few. To say that this is an important election year is an understatement, in my opinion, it's more like a call to arms."
Tying in with the July 25-29 convention and this year's U.S. presidential election, Alexakis has recorded a version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," which is available for download from the Rock the Vote Web site.
"I chose to record this song and get it out because this song reflects what I personally believe in -- that this country belongs to all of us and that the Bush administration does not have a monopoly on patriotism," he says. "I think lending my support to outlets that inspire young people to take part in our democracy is an act of patriotism and I'm proud of it."
An advocate for parental financial support, Alexakis once testified before congress to lobby for a "deadbeat dad" bill. He also hosts the two-hour "Blackjack Radio" radio show, which presents a mix of music and political talk Sunday nights on KNRK Portland.
Despite the exit of bassist Craig Montoya and drummer Greg Eklund, Alexakis plans to continue working under the Everclear name and expects to release a new studio album in 2005. A best of collection culling tracks from the band's decade-long career is due Sept. 28 via Capitol.
Everclear's last studio album, 2003's "Slow Motion Daydream," debuted and peaked at No. 33 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 106,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's 1997 set "So Much for the Afterglow" stands as its most successful album to date. It also debuted and peaked at No. 33, and has sold 2.2 million.
Since leaving the band, Montoya has formed Tri-Polar with former Sweaty Nipples members Scotty Heard and Brian Lehfeldt. Eklund has formed the Oohlas with his brother, drummer Mark Eklund, and female vocalist Ollie Tamale.