Eels

From14 August 2019to 15 September 2019

Eels

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Eels is an indie rock band from Los Feliz, California, US. The group is fronted by Mark Oliver Everett (best known by the stage moniker E) who is the only consistent member of the group. Their music embraces various themes but is primarily fixated on death, family, and unrequited love.

Likewise the group’s sound is stylistically varied and expansive touching on influences from 60s pop such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, and The Kinks, crooner pop like Burt Bacharach, bizarre introspective folk, along the lines of Tom Waits, Nick Drake, and Leonard Cohen, and noise pop/lo-fi punk acts like Sebadoh, Meat Puppets, and Yo La Tengo.

The Eels did not officially form until 1995; however, Everett had been releasing material 10 years prior. In 1985 he put out his self-issued studio debut “Bad Dude in Love”, which received a very limited pressing of 500 copies. Though the album has since generated a cult following, it was not pivotal in boosting his musical profile. It was not until his move from Virginia to California that he started to garner critical and commercial recognition. In the early 90s he put out two albums through the major label Polydor: “A Man Called E” and the “Broken Toy Shop”. He supported Tori Amos for the promotion of the former of the two albums and for the latter release he recruited the help of drummer “Jonathan “Butch” Norton with whom he would go on to form the Eels alongside Tommy Walter.

Eels became one of the very first acts to sign a recording contract with DreamWorks Records and by 1996 they released their studio debut “Beautiful Freak”. The album sold well on both national and international markets and featured the three singles “Novocaine for the Soul”, “Susan’s House” and “Your Lucky Day in Hell”.

The group’s next release took a darker turn and was their 1st album to feature lyrical content directed towards family difficulties. During the making of the album, Everett was dealing with traumatic events such as his sister’s suicide and his mother’s diagnosis with cancer. Many of these themes were channeled into the album’s songs. For instance “Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor” and “Electro-Shock Blues” detailed his sister psychological breakdown and “Cancer for the Cure” was a reference to his mother’s terminal illness. Everett also wrote a song entitled “Baby Genius” for his father Hugh Everett III, an American physicist credited for theorizing the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics. The album featured several guest artists such as Jon Brion, Lisa Germano, and T-Bone Burnett and in support for this release, the group opened for Pulp on their European tour.

The Eels started off the 2000s with the release of a more upbeat pop-oriented album “Daisies of the Galaxy” (2000), on which Michael Simpson, Grant-Lee Philips and Peter Buck from R.E.M. made guest appearances. “Souljacker” followed a year later and included the single “Souljacker part 1”, which was an accompanied by a music video directed by Wim Wenders (“Paris, Texas”, “Alice in the Cities”, “Wings of Desire”).

“Hootenanny!” (2003), “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations” (2005), and “Hombre Lobo” rounded off the decade. All received positive reviews, particularly their 2005 release, which was their 3rd album to feature Peter Buck and their 1st to feature Everett’s personal hero Tom Waits. “Hombre Lobo” marked the Eels 1st release in their concept album trilogy, which was followed by “End Times” (2010) and “Tomorrow Morning” (2010). Their 10th studio album “Wonderful Glorious” came out on 4 February 2013 and it’s predecessor “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Everett” was issued just over a year later.

While the Eels have never quite managed to break into the mainstream (despite their appearance on several poplar soundtracks including “Shrek”, “American Beauty”, and “Holes” ) they have been largely influential on the course of indie rock, inspiring commercially viable acts like Snow Patrol and My Morning Jacket as well as indie mainstays such as Andrew Bird, Doves, and Pinback.

Wednesday 14 August 2019
Eels
X-TRA, Zürich, Switzerland

Thursday 15 August 2019 – Sunday 18 August 2019
Eels
Live @ Pukkelpop 2019
Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium

Monday 19 August 2019
Eels
Rock City, Nottingham, UK

Tuesday 20 August 2019
Eels
O2 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton, UK

Wednesday 21 August 2019
Eels
Eventim Apollo, London, UK

Friday 23 August 2019 – Sunday 25 August 2019
Eels
Rock en Seine 2019
Paris, France

Saturday 24 August 2019
Eels
Once In A Blue Moon Festival 2019
Once In A Blue Moon Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sunday 25 August 2019
Eels
Haus Auensee, Leipzig, Germany

Tuesday 27 August 2019
Eels
Den Grå Hal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Wednesday 28 August 2019
Eels
with Robert Ellis
Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

Thursday 29 August 2019
Eels
Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday 31 August 2019
Eels
Im Wizemann, Stuttgart, Germany

Sunday 01 September 2019
Eels
with The Flaming Lips
Piazza Duomo, Prato, Italy

Monday 02 September 2019
Eels
Circolo Magnolia, Segrate, Italy

Wednesday 04 September 2019
Eels
Posthof – Großer Saal, Linz, Austria

Friday 06 September 2019
Eels
Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain

Tuesday 10 September 2019
Eels
RADIANT – BELLEVUE, CALUIRE ET CUIRE, France

Wednesday 11 September 2019
Eels
Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

Thursday 12 September 2019
Eels
Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Saturday 14 September 2019
Eels
with Chaos Chaos
O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Sunday 15 September 2019
Eels
with Chaos Chaos
Albert Hall, Manchester, UK

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