In 1998, Eve 6 was the band. They had just released their self-titled album right out of high school, and watched it go platinum and spawn a number-one hit, titled “Inside Out,” along with several other Top 40 songs, such as “Leech,” “Open Road Song,” and “Tongue Tied.” Of course, this would have been completely relevant for me and totally awesome if I hadn’t been a mere four years old at the time, still listening to whatever the predecessors to the horrific Kidz Bop albums were.
However, since I was just four years old, I didn’t stumble across them until several years later while playing the computer game Test Drive 6, in which their song “Tongue Tied” was part of the menu soundtrack. Unfortunately, at the time, video game makers still hadn’t come up with the idea of listing the title and artist of the current song that was playing, meaning I still had no idea who wrote the catchy song that was playing in the menus. I was 15 years old when I finally learned who Eve 6 was, and found they had created a multitude of awesome songs, but by that time they had broken up, dashing any hopes of mine of seeing them live someday.
That didn’t stop me from buying all three of their albums, however, nor did it stop me from playing them over and over in my car for the next few years and marveling at the fact that they had been signed to a record label when they were my age. You wouldn’t believe my elation when I found out that the singer/bassist, Max Collins (a certified ginger), and the drummer, Tony Fagenson, had reunited and had re-formed the ’90s rock band from Los Angeles that I listened to constantly. When I heard the guitar player, Jon Siebels, had joined up as well, my joy knew no bounds. Then I found out they were working on a new album.
This new album, titled Speak in Code, was just released April 24, and being the huge “fanboi” that I am, I had pre-ordered the extended version and even managed to find a leaked version floating around on the internet a few days beforehand.
Upon playing the first track, I immediately realized that even though it had been a full nine years since their previous album was released, Eve 6 still hadn’t lost their characteristic high-energy sound with creative, ironic, and maybe even occasionally silly lyrics. Another thing I noticed was the extremely high quality of production, usually only reserved for the most famous, most financially secure musical acts. As a pseudo-audiophile, I appreciate good production more than most people, and this was quite a welcome surprise.
It seems the maturity gained by the band members over those nine years only made them write better songs, without taking away anything that made the original three albums so lovable and re-playable. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the hits on this album, “Curtain,” “Victoria,” and “Lost and Found,” are among the best the band has ever churned out, or maybe even are the best. The album is as solid of an A grade as an album can get.
In the end, one thing is certain: when all is said and done, many of the songs on this album will find themselves among the most played songs in my music library, and I’ll be holding tickets in my hand to the soonest concert in SoCal I can get my hands on.