Everything Everything

Everything Everything

With their experimental brand of pop, Everything Everything certainly seem to be defining a new genre of music. The four-piece band, consisting of Jonathan, Jeremy, Mike and Alex unleash their hap-hazard pop symphonies in their debut album Man Alive, and guess what, it appears to be going down pretty well. Here we speak to Jonathan Everything to find out a little bit more about, well, …everything.

What’s in been like since Man Alive came out?
Very busy and very rewarding watching lots of positive feedback come rolling in.

What was behind the title of the album?
It comes from a lyric on the album. We liked the duality of meaning – the exclamation Man Alive! And also the historical ‘document’ feel of Man Alive, the large and the small meanings combined.

And how would you sum up the sound of this album?
Diverse and colourful.

How, when and where did you all meet?
At school near Newcastle, [and] at uni in Salford in 2007, I knew a guitarist and drummer at school and then met a bass player at uni.

So we have to ask, what’s the story behind the name Everything Everything?
We liked the large meaning contained in a relatively simple and basic word. When doubled it became impossible sounding, and created a magic feeling of potential, we like how it seems like anything is possible.

Did you ever have any other names in the bag when you were forming your band? (even if they are embarrassing we’d like to know!)
Infinityface, Whales on fire.

What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far?
A very small gig in a London venue called The Garage, it was just one of those nights where the atmosphere was right and every moment felt perfect.

And the highlight of your musical careers thus far?
Glastonbury and appearing on Jools Holland.

Have you got any amusing anecdotes that have happened whilst touring?
We met Rolf Harris in a ferry and he sang to us over the ferry tannoy – come on everything everything join in!

You have an incredibly varied vocal style – what’s your inspiration for this?
I think it was me trying to sing high like thom yorke but failing, so this technique of moving in and out of falsetto appeared, I sing almost completely at the break point of my voice which is a bit like yodelling. The deftones singer was another big influence, though I don’t scream like him.

We read that one of your inspirations is Destiny’s Child, not many grown men, or women (who aren’t in RnB) would admit to that, what is it about Beyonce that inspires your music?
Rhythm and attitude, the speed of vocal delivery, the dexterity and skill.

From what we’ve heard of your music it seems extremely experimental, and each song seems to have a thousand genres packed in – how do you go about seeing the finished picture, or is it more of a see what happens as you go along?
A bit of both, most of the songs on the album have been reduced in complexity, I tend to write what I naturally think should happen next, I usually have a good idea of where I want to ‘go’ by the end.

What genre brackets would you put yourselves into?
Pop music, sex music, death music.

Are you looking forward to playing in Iceland and the States?
Yes very much, we’ve been to Texas and loved it. Iceland sounds amazing.
Have you got any plans to take your music down under to Australia?
Yes, we hope to get out there in 2011.

What do you want people to take away with them from your music?
Ideally we want them to have a desire to look deeper into it, into the layers of music and into the lyrics too, hopefully there is a lot to take in and seek out.

Any murmurings of a second album as yet? If so what can we expect from it?
We murmur about it all the time, as yet nothing has left the ‘birth laptop’ and been shared with the rest of the band. You can expect lots of sub-bass and hopefully some musicians that aren’t us featuring on it.

By Hannah Shakir