It’s remarkable to note that Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett – otherwise known as E – will turn fifty this year. Anyone who’s seen him perform live will tell you that the man has more energy than most twenty-year olds. When you consider that his life has been filled with tragedy – his sister committed suicide two years before his mother died of lung cancer, his cousin was on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11 – it’s also remarkable that his latest album is called Wonderful, Glorious. Clearly nothing can keep the man down.
It’s also notable that Wonderful, Glorious is the band’s tenth studio album, and they have the kind of success that creeps up on you rather than slaps you across the face. Eels songs have been used in Shrek, True Blood, American Beauty, Hellboy II, Holes, Yes Man, Road Trip, Scream 2… The list goes on. Chances are, even if you don’t own a single Eels album, you already know at least a few of their greatest hits. Few bands feel so culturally pervasive.
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that you won’t want to miss Eels at the Showbox at the Market, Seattle, on February 19. The last time they were in town they tore up the Moore Theatre with a stomping, shaggy-bearded set that touched upon every major hit, and maybe even created a few new ones. The Showbox show promises to be even wilder, even more up-close and intimate, and even more memorable. I’d advise bringing earplugs. When E wails you feel it in your bones.
Tickets are still available at the Showbox website, priced $25 plus fees. The record collectors among you may also want to note that the official Eels store is taking pre-orders on an exclusive two-disc orange vinyl release of the new album, Wonderful, Glorious. I know I’ll want that spinning on my turntable.
If you still aren’t convinced, check out the video below – then get your hands on some tickets before this show sells out. Wonderful. Glorious. Eels.