Live Video: Eels

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

As frontman and principle songwriter of rock band Eels for over 20 years, Mark Oliver Everett has created a cast of unique characters, but none may be as interesting as the one that is himself. On The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, the band’s eleventh studio album, Everett, or just “E”, points the descriptive lens on himself, shedding his dog-faced boy persona and sharing failures of his past, his regrets of today and his hope for the future. Though the songwriting process may have been uncomfortable for him, the gentle orchestration of the songs themselves is soothing and engaging. Pared down to just a trio for a recent in-studio, Eels performed two songs from the new album along with two older favorites. Apparently unburdened, Everett himself seemed quite cheerful as he discussed the Cautionary Tales with DJ Morgan and even talked about Eels’ recent headline-grabbing performances with Journey’s Steve Perry. Watch the full performance here:

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