Everclear is an alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1992. The band is best known for their radio hits spanning more than a decade. For most of its existence, Everclear has consisted of Art Alexakis (vocals & guitar), Craig Montoya (bass guitar & vocals), and Greg Eklund (drums, percussion & vocals). Eklund replaced original drummer Scott Cuthbert in 1994. Montoya and Eklund departed the band in 2003, but Alexakis continued the band with Dave "Davey" French (guitar), Josh Crawley (keyboards), Sam Hudson (bass guitar), and Tommy Stewart (drums, percussion). However, all members except for Alexakis left the band in July 2009.
The current lineup, as of 2015, includes Alexakis (vocals/guitar), French (guitar), Crawley (keyboards), Freddy Herrera (bass), and Sean Winchester (drums).
- Abusive Parents: "Father of Mine" and "Wonderful". Doubles as Parental Abandonment.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In "Father of Mine", Alexakis chastises his father for not bothering to be a part of his life.
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: "Heartspark Dollarsign" is about this.
- Darker and Edgier: 2015's "Black in the New Black" is probably their hardest album yet.
- Department of Redundancy Department: This lyric from "I Will Buy You A New Life":
- I will buy you a new car / Perfect, shiny and new.
- Driven to Suicide: "Santa Monica" is at least partially inspired by Alexakis's suicide attempt by throwing himself off of the Santa Monica Pier shortly after his then-girlfriend had done the same.
- Former Teen Rebel: "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom".
- I Am the Band: Art Alexakis is Everclear, or has been since 2003 anyway.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Santa Monica", "Amphetamine", "Wonderful", "Father of Mine".
- Precision F-Strike: "Local God", "Strawberry", "White Men in Black Suits".
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: "Like a California King", if rumors hold true, is one of these aimed at Alexakis, written by himself. Or Gavin Rossdale. Nobody's really sure.
- Sampling: The melody for "AM Radio" is based around a sample of the chorus to "Mr. Big Shot" by Jean Knight.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Greg Eklund took lead vocals on "The Honeymoon Song" which he wrote the lyrics for.
- Stepford Smiler: The protagonist in "Wonderful," a child watching his parents divorce, sings about reassuring his friends that he's okay despite clearly not being.
- Watch the World Die: "Santa Monica" is the Trope Namer, despite the none of the other lyrics being apocalyptic.
- When I Was Your Age...: "AM Radio".