The Eels Play Wednesday at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Mark Oliver Everett (known by his last initial E, or his band name The Eels) has always been passionate about music. In many ways, it helped him deal with personal tragedies that profoundly affected his life: At age 19, Everett found his father dead; his sister took her own life in 1996; and his mother was terminally ill with lung cancer. Songwriting became a powerful release. By age 20, Everett was recording his songs on a four-track cassette recorder. Most of what he’d written between 1993 and ’95 became part of his first album Beautiful Freaks, with a track called “Novocaine For the Soul” that topped alternative rock charts in ’96.
The tone set by The Eels’ music is usually darker, even despondent and desolate, but there’s no mistaking that it’s brilliant work. His ninth studio album, Tomorrow Morning (2010), moves in a slightly more optimistic direction, sort of upbeat yet still quite distinctly The Eels.
You can see The Eels play Wednesday night at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River. Opening the show are The Submarines and Spunshine. Gates open at 7 p.m. And don’t forget the aftershow with Austin instrumental rock outfit My Education on Stubb’s indoor stage, starting at 10 p.m. Check it all out.