Unconventional and impressively ambitious, genre-defying Manchester noiseniks Everything Everything, unsurprisingly take little advice from the musical rulebook. Obsessive, complex, and canny, the group, who count Nirvana, Radiohead and even R. Kelly amongst their eclectic set of influences, continue to defy expected indie-rock cliches with each and every release. Call it what you like, band’s like Everything Everything don’t come around all that often.
(Image courtesy of the band’s Facebook page)
The four-piece yesterday shared brand new single ‘Can’t Do’, the first taster of their upcoming album, ‘A Fever Dream’ due to be released this August. News of the release had been discovered earlier that day after a mysterious listing appeared on Apple Music. ‘A Fever Dream’ is the band’s fourth record, and follows 2015’s critically acclaimed pop opus ‘Get To Heaven’ ; bold, aggressive and charged with political anxiety, the release scaled many an End of Year List. ‘Can’t Do’ was premiered last night as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, just days after the presenters return to radio.
Dark, and provocative, itchy synth-pop beats are cut with dashes of 80’s-indebted guitar, Jonathan Higgs crooning falsetto instantly recognisable, becoming more urgent by the second, as he frantically repeats “I can’t do the thing you want”. Oddly contagious, the song’s forte lies in its tremendous pop appeal, impelled by the mainstream success of previous singles such as ‘Distant Past’ and ‘Regret’. You can watch the epic, and cinematic video for ‘Can’t Do’ in the player below:
Working with hotshot producer James Ford (Foals, Arctic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets), the album has been described as “a nightmarish, surreal, exciting experience” by the group, it’s tracklisting as equally peculiar as ever (see below). Everything Everything are set to play a short series of intimate headline shows later this month, dates and tickets for which can be found below. As well as being announced to play Reading & Leeds Festival later in the summer, the band also look to top the bill at this year’s By The Sea Festival, alongside The Libertines, and Metronomy. ‘A Fever Dream’ is scheduled to arrive on 18th August. Stream ‘Can’t Do’ through the Spotify player below.
‘A Fever Dream’ track listing:
Night Of The Long Knives
Good Shot, Good Soldier
Run The Numbers
Put Me Together
A Fever Dream
Everything Everything, June/July 2017 UK tour dates:
17, The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
18, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20, Albert Hall, Manchester*
21, Heaven, London*
11, Eden Project 2017, St. Austell (With Foals)
*Support from Boxed In
Purchase tickets through the band’s website here.
Words by Joe Bulger
Featured image courtesy of Dork Magazine