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A One Night Stand with 90's Rock Royalty Everclear

Whether you love Everclear or not, there's no denying that: a) Over the decades their music has been the soundtrack for TONNES of people's lives worldwide, helping them through hardships, break ups, tragedies, rebellions and other momentous occasions - the list goes on. You only have to visit the blogs and fan pages of their fanatics to see first-hand accounts.

b) Lead singer Art Alexakis (pronounced Alex-SAH-kiss) and the guys make themselves available to the fans on & off stage, which they LOVE. Freddy Herrera (bass) and Sean Winchester (drums) chatted with us on Twitter, so we were able to build some rapport before meeting in the flesh.

c) They are humble guys. Really! By the end of the night: Joshua Crawley (keys and guitar) had invited us to experience his Portland hospitality the next time we were in his hometown; We'd had some in-depth conversations with Art about the state of rock, touring and how Nicaraguan cigars are the best AND Freddy who talked about bands, giving up his love of skating to take up the bass and how Art spotted him at another gig before circumstances aligned for him to join Everclear. We shared fist bumps and mutual appreciations with Sean, while our Charlie chatted to Davey French (lead guitar) briefly and said he was a lovely guy. Most importantly, multiple cuddles were given and received by EVERYONE :) For an unknown indie rock band from New Zealand, being main support for a group like Everclear is HUGE. But the highlight of the night? Seeing our Bossman's eyes light up, shoulders held back and posture proud as punch as he met his idol Art before playing the same stage - that's the stuff dreams are made of. Those warm fuzzies will last a lifetime xx Many thanks to Paul Marshall & Paul Ivory from The Artist Agency for giving us the opportunity to play. We're all beyond grateful!

Karl and Art

Words from the team:

Karl: The heat onstage was unforgettable! Everyone wondering what we were doing, why we wore our masks the way we do, wanting to know where to get a mask like ours and the story behind them. There is an absolute fantastic vibe that comes from being a lover of old school rock, which shone on the audience this night. It just reaffirms to me, that there is a place for us and our music. FYI: Getting a photo taken with Art, LEGEND!

Charlie: Last night we played to a sea of happy smiling faces, in what was classed by the US awesomes as a "cool little joint" and we were drowning in nothing but positive comments, love and hugs. The reaction to Everclear by the audience was infectious, loud, proud and totally undeniable. A whole era brought up on real live music, rocking out excitedly. Meeting the whole team and talking to them like we have been mates for a while was something else. Being taught the art of being able to pick a good cigar … priceless, being invited over for dinner in Oregon … Perfect! I want to meet beautiful real people like you all over the world … That's what I wan