Q&A: Everything Everything

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British band Everything Everything are set to land on North American land this Fall with a string of headlining tour dates. Starting on October 9 at San Francisco’s Bimbo’s 365 Club, the Manchester four-piece will also be making stops in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C, and Cambridge to support their soon-to-be-released album “A Fever Dream.”

Everything Everything’s fourth full-length album drops on August 18 and is the band’s follow-up to their critically-acclaimed “Get To Heaven.” In between rehearsals the band’s lead singer Jonathan Higgs shared a moment with us, where we discussed the theme for the new album, what they’re most excited about with this new tour and what’s the strangest thing they’ve sample in the studio.

For US audiences not familiar with you guys, how would describe your band?
Dramatic, emotional and progressive without being really sh*t and annoying.

Let’s talk about the new album “A Fever Dream.” Is there a particular theme for this one?
Yes, the album uses the age-old ‘dream’ metaphor to talk about the last few years of political and personal upheaval that many people have felt is very surreal and frightening. We’ve tried to paint an honest picture of the times we live in, what’s really real, what is fear and what is hope.

Having made the new record, how do you feel when you look back to your previous releases?
Pretty good, proud. Whenever I feel a bit cringy over an old song I tell myself “that was true to him”, the old me if I had the brain then that I have now I’d be a boring old fart trapped in a cool young dude’s body 🙂 In truth I haven’t changed that much in terms of my ‘message’, and musically I think it’s a learning process – I may get to 85 years old and think “album 2 was the best.” You can’t predict taste.

There’s a lot of depth to your lyrics. What are some of your favorite lyricists and who do you look up to?
I really like Paul Simon, Wayne Coyne, Paul Banks, Bjork, Benny & Bjorn (ABBA). I look up to Thom Yorke the most, probably.

You’re known for using random samples on your songs. What’s the strangest one that you’ve used so far?
We used some ambient room noise that was recorded onboard the international space station. It’s just a very quiet hum but we knew the difference and the listener definitely did.

You’re about to embark on a North American tour of the US with a stop in San Francisco. Have you played here before? If so, what do you think of our crowds and city?
Yes, we’ve played the Great American Music Hall. We love the city! I remember walking for miles and getting lost last time with those endless hills! The crowd was great, it’s one of the most vibrant places we’ve been.

If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be?
Freddie. (Editor’s Note: Freddie Mercury of Queen)

What do you think are the main differences between English audiences and American ones?
In global terms, they’re really similar! English audiences can be a little more cynical but that makes for very high standards when you’re just starting out maybe. Americans are more generous but generally more fond of tradition/tropes? Dunno if that makes sense (or is true!)

Do you have anything you want to say to your San Francisco fans?
Come to the show FFS!

Everything Everything is playing with Palms at Bimbo’s 365 Club on Monday, October 9, 2017 – Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm – $20.00

 

An avid Drummer, Photographer, and Blogger whose discography includes albums on Digital Nation (a Steve Vai imprint), Raphael has always kept a pulse on the music in San Francisco. Music in SF serves as an outlet to share his photography and writing for anyone interested in the local San Francisco music scene.

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