Decked out in their signature blue and orange apparel, indie-rock band EverythingEverything returned to their roots a few weeks ago when they took to the stage of the Manchester Apollo, in the city the band originated. Starting with their recently debuted single ‘Fever Dream’, it was interesting to see how instantaneously the mood of the venue changed. From the first note the room became something of a celebration. The venue was electric, with all manner of people becoming ecstatic and even elevated by the music of the band, who seemed at ease delivering their songs to a crowd so fanatic. Lead singer and frontman Johnathan Higgs commanded the stage beautifully, frequently showing off his impressive vocal range and interacting with the audience, while the other members Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw providing an almost hypnotic backing, sucking the crowd in with every moment.
The night continued in full swing, with the band bringing out old favourites such as ‘Cough Cough’, from their first album, as well as more recent hits like their single ‘Desire’. The music took hold on the audience. The melodies seem fresh and unique, with the lyrics shocking and multi-layered, churning a mixture of response, from sheer absurdity to gut-wrenching dread. They also gave the listener a lot to contemplate, with many of their songs taking a political stand, which in the midst of this current climate can be hard, however, EverythingEverything tackled it perfectly. With their album ‘Get to Heaven’ being heavily influenced by the cultural, social and political issues we face, the band seem to take an educated stand in their lyrics, engaging the listener with their opinions on everything from war to civilian security to soft-boiled eggs, making even the heavy messages seem light and at times, comical. Their take on the world around is truly unique, both engaging the audience and uniting them in questions that truly pinpoint this current state of change and opposition; “Can you do the things you dream about? Do you wish to see fire in the clouds?”
As the evening drew to a close, with the band ending on their addictive single ‘Distant Past’, it was clear that the talent that this band has is something to be recognized. Their ability to draw a listener in, and yet tackle and reflect their viewpoints on the world around them is a fine balance, and it’s one that the members of EverythingEverything ride with such grace, that it leaves nothing but appreciation. Overall, it’s clear that talented, intelligent and truly addicting band is definitely one to look out for when next in town, with their impact reaching far beyond the music.
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