By DJ Monk

Art Alexakis, frontman of US rockers Everclear, will release his debut solo album, ‘Sun Songs’ on 11 October via The End Records/BMG.

He also has announced a run of solo dates:

Saturday 14 October – Manchester, Night & Day Café

Sunday 15 – Norwich, Epic Studios

Monday 16 – London, O2 Academy Islington

Wednesday 18 – Glasgow, Broadcast

Thursday 19 – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop

Friday 20 – Dublin, The Sound House

While Art Alexakis has always been the driving force behind Everclear, his solo work finally offers him an opportunity to create music solely on his own, without any preconceived notion or collaborative influence as to what it should sound like:

“For the most part, it’s an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album. It’s not about making another Everclear record; it’s about doing something that’s just me.”  

The album Alexakis’ recent revelation that he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

The words Multiple Sclerosis conjure up all sorts of images: helplessness, wheelchairs, pain, misery, and worst of all, hopelessness – and pity in the eyes of my family and friends. I remember the night I told my wife, Vanessa, she held my face in her hands, and told me “we got this”, with not a shred of pity or fear in her eyes. I knew then that I wasn’t going to go through this alone.”