Everything Everything reach for the sky on new album
Everything Everything are back with a great new album and an eye-catching new look. Ahead of the Manchester indie act's Dublin gig this weekend, drummer Mike Spearman talks to Brian Campbell
EVERYTHING Everything were one of the countless bands featured in the extensive BBC coverage of Glastonbury last month - and they truly stood out.
All dressed in dazzlingly bright caped pink/red/orange outfits, the Manchester-based act (Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw and Mike Spearman) were hard to miss.
They were introducing fans to their brand new album Get To Heaven, surely the best of their three records to date. Their bonkers-but-brilliant mix of rock/pop/indie/dance/R’n’B is exemplified by stand-out tunes Fortune 500, Blast Doors, Get To Heaven, Distant Past and Regret.
Think Bombay Bicycle Club meets Graceland-era Paul Simon with a bit of Radiohead and Destiny’s Child thrown in for good measure.
As for the eye-catching on-stage costumes, drummer Mike explains all.
“We really went for it with the uniforms,” he laughs. “As much as we liked what we wore when we were touring the last album, the new album sounds quite different and has a different energy to it and the artwork is very bright and bold.
"So we thought we’d change the dark blue and grey look we had last time.
“The album art is by Andrew Archer. He’s based in Australia but I think he’s from New Zealand. The designer Jonny Costello, who’s from Dublin, recommended him to us.
“We wanted to use an illustration and wanted this feeling of agony and ecstasy and faith healer and a bit of violence. Some people think it’s a bit off-putting, but then there are lyrics on the album that are off-putting. But hopefully – musically – it’s colourful and vibrant and it transcends some of that darkness.”
Everything Everything have been going since 2007 and Get To Heaven comes after their albums Man Alive (2010) and Arc (2013).
“We want to play most of the new album live. It’s nice now that we have three albums of material to choose from,” says Mike.
“A lot of the songs on Arc were mid-tempo, which was cool, but live it can feel like you need a bit more energy. That was one of the briefs we gave ourselves on this album, to pick up the pace a bit and I think we’ve done that.
“We’re on our third album now and it needed to speak for itself because we don’t have that help of being a new band or being hyped up. The songs have to be good or else no-one’s going to care about us.
“Fortune 500 is one of my favourites. We hope that that will become a big stand-out track live, because it has such a strong character to it.”
The band play the Longitude festival in Dublin’s Marlay Park on Sunday.
“We’re expecting it to be a good one. Irish crowds are always great; very generous. We’ve done a couple of gigs in Dublin and a couple in Belfast. The first gig we ever played in Dublin was great. We still talk about it and people still tweet us about it.”
He says the band enjoyed Glastonbury.
“It was our fourth time doing it and this was our favourite one. It was our first time on the Other Stage, so it was a step up and the weather was OK.
“People were singing back the songs with gusto, particularly No Reptiles, so that was quite spine-tingling.”
Do they plan to do any cover versions live?
“We don’t mind doing covers but we never really have a good time doing them. Radio 1 Live Lounge usually want you to cover something off the A-list but it’s hard to find a song in the charts now that isn’t Avicii or David Guetta or something.
“At least with Taylor Swift there’s some songwriting in there, but a lot of the dance-led stuff is hard for a band to cover.
"Although at Alex’s wedding we played some covers, like My Sharona by The Knack and Lovefool by The Cardigans and some Take That. That was good fun.”
:: Everything Everything play the main stage at the Longitude festival, Dublin, on Sunday at 5.15pm. New album Get To Heaven is out now.