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Eve 6, Lion of Ido @ Mercury Lounge, 11.1.10

Eve 6 -- Max Collins, Tony Fagenson and

Eve 6 -- Max Collins, Tony Fagenson and Matthew Bair -- are working on their first CD in seven years. Credit: Eve6.com

    Eve 6 is primed for a comeback.
    Though it’s been seven years since the late ‘90s hitmakers behind “Inside Out” and “Here’s to the Night” released an album, it sure didn’t feel that way inside the sold-out Mercury Lounge last night. (It probably didn’t feel that way to the folks waiting for the late show in the freezing cold in a line that went around the block, either.)
    “We’ve unapologetically stacked the set with new songs,” said singer/bassist Max Collins. “That’s what we’re here for.”
    No apology needed, considering the strength of the catchy rock of “Victoria” or the poppy “Underachiever,” both of which could be radio hits right now. Eve 6 – Collins, drummer Tony Fagenson and new guitarist Seaford native Matthew Bair, best known from local power-pop heroes Bandcamp – was always a bit ahead of their time with its combination of personal, detail-oriented lyrics, pop melodies and muscular rock guitar. The new songs they unveiled, especially the grand “Lost and Found” that they’ve been previewing on their website, sound like rock radio has finally caught up with them.
    That doesn’t mean Eve 6 has been standing still, though. Even their hit “Inside Out” has evolved, picking up a heavier guitar sound and now includes a bit of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”
    Currently unsigned, Eve 6 has to be on many labels’ radar now. (Collins hinted onstage that last night’s concert was also a showcase “paid for by someone else,” meaning there’s some serious interest out there.) Let the bidding war begin!
   Speaking of bidding wars, can we get one started for Lion of Ido?
   The quintet from Valley Stream just keeps getting better, rolling out some new songs like the playful “The Possibilities” and “New York City, Do You Love Me?” while continuing to polish the already potent pop of “Hard to Love” and “Make Me Proud” and the dancey closer “Day By Day.”

SETLIST: Rescue / Promise / Underachiever / Think Twice / Little Tiny Everything / Lost and Found / Here’s to the Night / What Do You Think of Me Now? / On the Roof Again / Pick Up the Pieces / Victoria / Inside Out/Party in the U.S.A. / Tongue Tied

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