Frontman to multi-plat U.S. alt rock band Everclear, the indomitable Art Alexakis releases the first single from his upcoming solo debut album Sun Songs.

“The Hot Water Test” speaks of the singer-songwriter’s headspace when coping with his recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Bold as ever and with incredible fortitude, Alexakis confronts the personal truth of his diagnosis with typical candid vigour. Alexakis admits in the lyrics in the climax of the song that he is “teaching myself a new way to live my life,” 
He says: “The reason I call it ‘The Hot Water Test’ is because back in the early part of the 20th century, doctors would diagnose MS by putting their patients into super-hot water and wait for them to start showing symptoms,” Alexakis tells Billboard. “It was pretty barbaric and miserable, and just one example of the kind of experiences that people with MS, autoimmune diseases, cancer or for that matter any debilitating disease, have to deal with all the time. Sometimes it feels like every day is a hot water test.”

Sun Songs is out on  Oct. 11 via The End Records/BMG. Alexakis will also be touring the album, along with a few Everclear fan favourites, across the UK and Ireland.

Sun Songs Track Listing:

1. Sunshine Love Song

2. California Blood

3. A House With A Pool

4. Orange

5. The Hot Water Test

6. Arizona Star

7. Look At Us Now

8. White People Scare Me

9. Sing Away

10. Line In The Sand

11. A Seat At The Table

Art Alexakis UK & Ireland Solo Tour:

14th Oct – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Café

15th Oct – Norwich, UK – Epic Studios

16th Oct – London, UK – O2 Academy Islington

18th Oct – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast

19th Oct – Birmingham, UK – Actress & Bishop

20th Oct – Dublin, IE – The Sound House

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