Interview: Everything Everything

“We’re trying to connect with people as immediately as possible with our music,” muses Alex Everything. “It’s the same goals as the Spice Girls had.” Jeremy Everything adds.

It’s not every day that a band is heralded as being ‘the antidote to the stale indie scene’. Except that it kind of is. As Alex points out, “So are the Vaccines.”

“No, they’re the saviours of guitar,” Jonathon Everything contradicts him. So really they’re not even the sole God’s gifts on the NME tour.

But Everything Everything’s uncontrollably catchy art-pop, which doesn’t so much inspire an accompanying foot tap as a jittering twitchy spasm, has already earned them a whole load of accolades that let you know that, actually, they’re pretty undeniably good and certainly worth your attention (that is to say if you’re not already one of the dedicated fans singing along with the choir boy-esque falsettos).

After all, you’ve got to give credit to a band who can get away with an ‘unofficial’ lyric like “Who’s gonna sit on your face when I’m not there?”.

Then there was that nomination for the Beeb’s Sound of 2010, XFM New Music Award and the NME Best New Band and their South Bank Sky Arts/The Times Breakthrough Award win; a momentum they insist was a flash in the pan which they intend to honour by never winning anything again. Ever.

“We’re natural pessimists like that but think that is also accurate. It’s nice to be nominated for these things, what can you say…. I don’t think we’ll win anymore basically,” says Jeremy.

“Now that Radiohead have released an album everybody is screwed,” Jonathon agrees.

That’s fairly hard to believe. For starters, it’s Mancunian bands like Everything Everything that are helping generate the buzz centred on and surrounding the city’s music scene right now; coincidentally Hurts, who happened to be the ones to beat the guys to the punch for NME’s Best New Band Award, are another. Then there is the band’s refreshing and somewhat inspirational mission statement of striving to avoid clichés at all costs. “It can get as ridiculous as becoming a cliché of your own, what you’ve played before…it’s sort of ‘I’ve done that already,’” Jeremy explains. “You’ve got to continually push to find something new and that’s generally the way we work.”

It’s noble, really, and it’s that can-do spirit which is what should hopefully carry them through the making of their second album. “We’re right in the middle, well at the start of writing new stuff so after this tour now we’re going to be rehearsing and starting to get the ball rolling on the next album,” Alex says.

“That’s the classic fault everyone has on second albums, you don’t realise when you’re making you’re debut how much time you’ve got on your hands. You don’t know that you’re making a debut,” Jeremy agrees. “We’re about to start this kind of strange double life that I supposed every band goes through… This sort of overlap period where you’re promoting one record and you’re making the next one at the same time and what you want to talk about and what you want to be playing and you’re excited about is the second bit but you also want to do the first bit justice as well and so we’ve got all of that to come.”

Let’s hope the boys can derive some hope and comfort from the fact that they’re not the only ones who’ve hit that wall of ‘difficult second album’. The Spice Girls probably encountered similar issues when they set about making their second album too.

Illustration: Lisa Rust

This article first appeared in Issue Four: Perfection?