Originally created 07/31/98

Eve 6 is warming to sudden success



In Eve 6's song Small Town Trap, lead vocalist Max Collins sings, "Something's gonna happen soon/Because it must."

It has.

Riding the success of the hit single Inside Out, the hard-edged popsters are on one of the summer's top tour packages, opening up for Third Eye Blind and Our Lady Peace.

The tour stops in Augusta on Saturday at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

How is the fast-rising band, which released its debut album earlier this year, handling gigs before 4,000 to 20,000 people?

"It's going great," said drummer Tony Fagenson, in a recent telephone interview from Philadelphia. "We haven't had a bad show yet."

But he's still a bit in awe.

As the opening act, Eve 6 is allotted 30 to 35 minutes to warm up the crowd, an often-dubious task.

"You know they're not there to see you most of the time," said Mr. Fagenson.

But it is gratifying, for instance, when he glances into the audience and sees signs being held up quoting the band's lyrics.

On Saturday, Eve 6's set will consist mostly of songs off the group's self-titled debut CD, including Inside Out, an infectious top 10 modern-rock hit, which Mr. Collins delivers in a rapid-fire cadence.

The band also will throw in a surprise cover song, which Mr. Fagenson swears "we didn't get the idea from the movie Armageddon."

At a time when many hipster bands go overboard trying to break the rules of traditional songwriting, Eve 6 members pay attention to song construction and don't belie their obvious pop sensibilities.

"We embrace it," said Mr. Fagenson, who has taken notes from his parents, both whom work in the music industry. "People can say what they want, but you can't deny a song that sticks in your head."

Inside Out has that catchy quality. "We knew we wanted it to be the first single," said the drummer. "But we had no idea it was going to go this far."

While the single was not released commercially, it has fueled the album's ascent on the charts. For the period ending July 24, Eve 6 checked in at 49th on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, up from 60th the previous week.

The core of Eve 6, vocalist/bassist Mr. Collins and guitarist/harmony vocalist Jon Siebels, have been writing and performing together for five years.

In the music press, much is said about the band members' ages. Mr. Collins is 19, Mr. Siebels is 18 and Mr. Fagenson just turned 20.

Mr. Fagenson, who was studying the music industry at the University of Southern California before joining the band, said he doesn't mind people focusing on their youthfulness.

"People are going to talk about it," he said, "but we're not trying to be marketed that way."

He wants one thing made clear: "We're not Hanson."