Everything Everything @ Rough Trade East 15th January 2013

Indie Rock outfit Everything Everything released their sophomore album Arc by playing a short set at Rough Trade East. This band formed late 2007 and originate from Tynedale, Kent and Guernsey, and reside in Manchester. This 4 piece consist of Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw. Everything Everything rose to fame after they were revealed to be part of the long list in the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. 2010 also saw the release of début album Man Alive which featured songs like Suffragette Suffragette, Photoshop Handsome, MY KZ, UR BF and Schoolin’. I first witnessed them on The Great Escape that very year when they played a set at Fortune Of War which was a small bar on the sea front. I was so impressed I then attended the instore at Rough Trade East when they were promoting Man Alive.

Three years later the band are back with a brand new album Arc and I must admit it is a right cracker. Everything Everything are hot property having supported Muse and played a few sold out headline shows towards the end of 2012. Also the band have already sold out their NME Awards Show at Heaven in February. You could only get a wristband to this intimate event by purchasing the album or you could get one for free if there were any left an hour before the set started. It came as no surprise that this was completely sold out. When queueing outside there were a couple of people asking but were then turned away. I would have to say the queueing was the hardest part because it was ever so cold. 30 minutes I could manage but 90 minutes was a difficult task. What made me overcome this was the thought I was going to be front row seeing a band that I love. Earlier on in the day I gave Arc another listen to and just hearing each track made me excited about what I was going to experience.

Doors opened at 6.55pm and I walked at a fast pace passing the people who had been let in prior (people who were collecting their pre ordered copy of the album were amazingly allowed to stay inside). Still I managed to get front row for what was going to be an incredible instore. The set lists were then placed on stage and then the evening then kicked off. “Hello everybody” lead singer Jonathan Higgs said to the intimate audience before opening with Radiant. This was a sleek tune with some magical melodies along with pitch perfect vocals from Jonathan. The lyrics were sublime and there were parts of this steady paced song which were infectious. “Thanks for coming out to see us” Higgs said before the next song of the set which was the 2nd single to be taken from Arc and this being Kemosabe. This tune starts off with some buzzing which then transcends into something really catchy. The lyrics were amazing and I was left captivated from beginning to end. Kemosabe had a beat to it and along with Cough Cough (which was performed later on) this song has to be one of my favourites from Arc. “So this week has finally arrived and we’ve been waiting for it for a long ass time. So thanks for waiting with us and thanks for coming here today and thanks for buying our bloody record” Higgs then mentioned before Duet. Now this song was incredibly different compared to the others sung on the night. There were strings plus stunning vocals from Jonathan. After there were whoops of joy for the next song and this being Cough Cough. I found this to be infectious, pacey and quirky at the same time. The lyrics are memorable and it was also the 1st single taken from Arc. It is probably the stand out track from the sophomore album. “We’ve got one more I’m afraid. It’s been a pleasure to play new songs to you guys” Higgs then said before capping off the magical instore with Don’t Try. This was a well crafted song which was delivered to perfection.

SET LIST

Radiant
Kemosabe
Duet
Cough Cough
Don’t Try

OVERALL: This was a fantastic instore which showcased some impeccable music. Some say the 2nd album is harder than the 1st. But Everything Everything have produced something which is better than the début Man Alive.

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