Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eve 6 Frontman Max Collins Releases New Album "Honey From The Icebox"

 Eve 6 frontman Max Collins released his debut solo album Honey From The Icebox today. Heralded by VICE's Noisey, Stereogum, Artist Direct, World Lifestyle, The Gunz Show, AbsolutePunk and more, fans can purchase the album on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1fKeEqc.

The debut music video for "Sports Bar" premiered on the tastemaker website Noisey, by VICE. Check it out here:http://bit.ly/1llm3LFand be sure to keep a close eye for the second music video release for "World On Fire" coming soon.

Rather than using Eve 6's label, Fearless Records, Collins chose to fund Honey From The Ice Box with a PledgeMusic campaign. He surpassed his initial goal with the help of 907 pledgers, the end result being a total 134% funding. Fans were enticed to pledge Max's campaign with incentives such as a trip to Medieval Times and the opportunity to get matching tattoos with Max. See more about his PledgeMusic campaign here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/maxcollins

The album's title, a repurposed quote from the Jeffrey Eugenides popular novel Middlesex, ties each song from the album together. "It's a disguised homage," Max says. "In "Middlesex", one of the characters is talking about his sister being with a guy who's interested in his sister and he says, 'She's honey from the ice box. Cold sweets don't spread.' I thought it had an evocative energy to it and felt like a metaphor for songwriting. In that way, it connects to the album."

After finishing a tour with Eve 6 on New Year's Eve, Max began penning the tracks that appear on the record, an evitable release from the prolific musician. The songs on the album emerged quickly and organically, pouring out in January as Max spent time at home with his guitar. The musician penned ten tracks in a month, feeling his inspiration click. "It definitely seemed like a lot of songs were just happening," Max says. "It was clear - now is the time for me to make the record that I've wanted to make. People are often surprised when I talk about my musical influences, from Crowded House to Steve Earle to The Lemonheads. I feel this record really captures my soul and points more directly to the artists that have moved me. It's entirely uncompromised."

Max, who funded the recording himself, co-produced the album with Eve 6 guitarist Jon Siebels and enlisted a slew of musicians to accompany him in Estudio in East Los Angeles in February. Brian Young of Fountains of Wayne and Jesus and Mary Chainplayed drums while Nick Johns, who tours with Ben Lee, contributed keyboards.

Max, who has released five albums with Eve 6 since their inception in 1995, including 2012's Speak In Code, plans to tour Honey From The Ice Box with a full band. For him, this album represents the beginning of something, an initiation into what he hopes will be an extensive solo career that will eventually yield more music. "My goal is to be able to have a solo career that's characterized by consistent effort," Max says. "I write all the time and this process was so gratifying for me. I'd like to develop a new relationship with my fans in this context and hopefully make some new ones."

1.    Push it Down
2.    909
3.    Sports Bar
4.    Walking Away
5.    World On Fire
6.    The Lonely Life
7.    Perfect Crime
8.    Hi Beams
9.    Whoa Whoa Whoa
10.  Laura Has No Sympathy
Show Dates:
May 12           Viper Room                         Hollywood, CA
May 26           Viper Room                         Hollywood, CA  
May 28           Hemingway's Lounge          Hollywood, CA
June 3            Yoshi's Oakland                   Oakland, CA

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