The Alternative-Rock Indie-Rock act Eels is a creation of singer + multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, he was born on April 9, 1963 in Fairfax County, Virginia USA, to a father who is renowned as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century; throughout his teens Mark Everett was 'ME', gradually it was shortened to the even easier 'E'.
With bassist Tommy Walter and drummer Jonathan 'Butch' Norton, E, began
playing on the Los Angeles club scene in the mid-'90s and eventually signed
a recording contract with DreamWorks.
The band's debut full-length disc, "Beautiful Freak", arrived in August of 1996, shortly after its release, Eels embarked on a tour throughout America and Europe. The record peaked at #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers listing and broke the U.S. Top 200 Albums chart reaching #114; the first single, "Novocaine For The Soul", rose to #1 spot on The Modern Rock chart while the track "Susan's House" made the top 10 in Great Britain.
Before Mr. E and his band headed back into the studio to record the follow-up to "Beautiful Freak", Walter departed to pursue his own project Abandoned Pools. "Electro-Shock Blues" contained E's reaction to the recent deaths of his family members, E found his father dead, his sister, Elizabeth, commited suicide in 1996 and his mother was terminally ill with lung cancer and close to death; the second album failed to chart and generated "Last Stop: This Town" which barely entered the top 40 of The Modern Rock Tracks chart and was followed by the minor hit "Cancer For The Cure", this song was later chosen for the soundtrack to the Sam Mendes movie "American Beauty". Eels went on tour to support its second album through extensive touring on both sides of the Atlantic with the new bassist Adam Siegal.
In March of 2000, Eels issued the mellow "Daisies Of The Galaxy", R.E.M.'s Peter Buck guested on the album; the first single, "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" was a hidden song on the album, another single, "Flyswatter", followed, but the third LP was essentially a flop.
E and Norton decided to started a new progect: The Eels Orchestra 2000, a six-piece band featured saxophone, trombone, trumpet, banjo, guitar, violin, upright bass, piano, melodica, clarinet, and timpani. The band toured throughout Europe, America and Australia, the result was a live-compilation entitled "Oh What A Beautiful Morning".
Eels returned with its fourth-studio effort, "Souljacker" in September of 2001, guitarist John Parish, previously in PJ Harvey's band, co-wrote most of the songs of the album which notched the single "Souljacker Pt. I", the video was directed by Wim Wenders.
"Shootenanny!" followed two years later, the set hit #7 on the Billboard Magazine's Top Heatseekers Albums chart and included the single "Saturday Morning". Former drummer Butch Norton left the band after recording the album, he was replaced with Puddin who joined Everett, guitarist Shon 'Golden Boy' Sullivan and bassit Koool G Murder for the Tour Of Duty.
Eels' sixth album, "Blinking Lights And Other Revelations", appeared to little fanfare in April 2005, the 33-track double-CD set includes the single "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)".
June 2009 saw the release of "Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire" the band's first album in four years and also the U.S. highest-charting album in Eels history as it peaked at #43 on The Billboard 200 fueled by the single "Fresh Blood".
The next year the Los Angeles-based Alternative group put out two albums in six months: "End Times" and "Tomorrow Morning" which both debuted in the upper reaches of The Billboard 200 Sales chart. A world tour followed the completion of a trilogy started with "Hombre Lobo", featuring a 3 guitar line-up: E, The Chet and P-Boo joined by Eels veteran Koool G Murder on bass and Knuckles on drums.
After virtually disappearing for all of 2012, Eels released their tenth studio album, "Wonderful, Glorious", in February 2013. It debuted at #74 on The Billboard 200.
Everett is back with yet another new album as Eels, this one is titled "The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett" and is the artist's fifth outing since 2009. It will be released on April 22, 2014.