The second single from the forthcoming fourth album from Manchester band Everything Everything (released 18 August) is Desire, a bold, brash and unashamedly loud statement about society’s ‘want it now’ culture.
The song represents a big contrast to Can’t Do, the first release from the new album A Fever Dream and a former Sync Track of the Week, employing a musical backdrop akin to glam-rock, mixed with the bands ever-developing harmonies and bringing the distinctive falsetto of frontman Jonathan Higgs very much to the forefront.
Everything Everything – Desire
Manchester-based art-pop foursome Everything Everything have dropped the first track from their forthcoming fourth album, and it’s an absolute banger.
Just as they made a big impact with the start of the campaign for their previous album with Distant Past setting the tone for a more urgent, feisty Get To Heaven than its predecessor LP Arc, Can’t Do certainly bodes well for what’s to come when A Fever Dream is released on 18 August.
The Sync-favourites are currently previewing a large slice of the new material at a series of intimate dates around the UK. They then perform a support slot for Foals at Cornwall’s Eden Project before hitting several festivals over the summer including Reading and Leeds and By The Sea in Margate. A full tour in support of A Fever Dream is expected in the Autumn.
Everything Everything – Can’t Do
Among the countless gigs we went to during 2016, we were lucky enough to be photographing as well as reviewing many of them. In the name of nostalgia (or something!), we thought we would pick out a few of our favourite shots of the year. Hope you like our little selection slideshow – and if you do, please follow us over on Instagram where we put lots of our other photos from gigs… and there are plenty more of those already in the diary for 2017.
It’s been a good year for London indie-pop band Teleman. Their second album Brilliant Sanity was released in April and was, for us, one of the albums of the year. They’ve also toured extensively and enjoyed growing TV and radio airplay including a slot on Later… with Jools Holland.
The band do their stuff in a fairly low-key yet wonderfully crafted way. They are also a superb live proposition too – see our review from their UK tour earlier this year for more on that.
Düsseldorf is a sparky and massively catchy tune, straight out of the quirky-yet-accessible box of delights to which bands such as Everything Everything and Dutch Uncles also have the key. It’s a cleverly constructed song that ebbs and flows, building to a neat crescendo. When they listen back to this, the band must be happy with a job very well done – and we’re proud to have it in our pick of the ten best tracks of the year.
Teleman – Düsseldorf
Manchester-based band Everything Everything have just wrapped up an intense season of festival appearances (and a headline show at Somerset House which we snapped) and are about to disappear off into the studio to work on album number four, but their parting gift for now is standalone track I Believe It Now.
Used by BT Sport as the theme to its coverage of Premier League football this season, the track has already caught a bit of attention over the past couple of weeks but is now available to stream on Spotify and download from the usual digital music emporiums.
Everything Everything – I Believe It Now
Even for a band that is by now pretty experienced at playing big crowds, this particular headline gig must have felt pretty special for Manchester-based Everything Everything.
Part of the Summer Series set of gigs at the famous London landmark, these nights are less about numbers – although the space does fit a not-too-shabby 3,000 – but more about the beautiful and atmospheric surroundings, and EE really brought the party. Their set was particularly strong, kicking off with To The Blade and Blast Doors from latest album Get To Heaven, before going on to the sublime Kemosabe.
But as well as plenty of the more recent material – including Regret, Fortune 500 and album title track Get To Heaven – there was some golden oldies for the fans to enjoy. Schoolin’ and MY KZ UR BF sounded great, and there was a rare outing for Tin (The Manhole) from 2010 debut album Man Alive as well as Suffragette Suffragette and, sounding as good as ever, they even included NASA Is On Your Side as the first of three encore tracks.
As a fully paid-up obsessive fan of this band, I hate to admit that this wasn’t as good as I have heard them. Frontman Jonathan Higgs was clearly battling with his voice a little, and there were even a few – very rare – stray notes from Alex Robertshaw on guitar. Even so, none of this did much to detract from what was a very special show from a band that have come a long way over the past six years or so both in terms of material and live performance. They wrapped up on an absolute high with biggest hit Distant Past, a track that sums up their unique blend of musical styles that shouldn’t really work… but most certainly does.
Everything Everything are one of those bands who, given the ‘alternative’ nature of their material (who’d want to be ‘normal’ anyway?!), would never have realistically expected to become widely known beyond their own cult following. And yet, the winning combination of lead singer Jonathan Higgs’ wildly varied falsetto vocals atop the bands quirky sound and atypical rhythm has enough brilliant hooks to have made them a mainstream radio favourite against the odds.
We’ve seen the band live many times since they burst onto the scene with their 2010 debut album Man Alive, and they’ve progressed steadily over the years. They now deliver a live performance that is slick but not too slick, and with all the hallmarks of a well-drilled yet highly creative rapport within the group.
Their set at Bristol’s Love Saves The Day was frustratingly truncated as sadly has to be the case at festivals, so there was a lot of good stuff from across their three-album discography missing. Nevertheless, they covered some gems, with Cough Cough, Don’t Try, Kemosabe, MY KZ, YR BF and, from this year’s Get To Heaven LP, Regret, No Reptiles and the superb Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread. They closed with real crowd pleaser Distant Past.
It was a strong start to what is a truly formidable schedule of festivals for the band this summer.
R&B with a difference, we’re loving the debut track from Hertfordshire artist Petrie. Your Side sounds like something that might come out of a collaboration between Everything Everything and Craig David.
We literally can’t stop listening to this at the moment and look forward to hearing more of the promised material that’s due to come from Petrie later this year.
Petrie – Your Side
We first saw Vaults in a support slot for Everything Everything at East London venue Oval Space last year and there was something about the three-piece group that suggested they will make it pretty big. Sure, they had already had their track One Last Night featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, but we’re pretty sure this one is going to be their big breakthrough.
All the makings of a huge mainstream hit, Midnight River is available to download now.
Vaults – Midnight River