Kingston, London, New Slang
27th June 2013
The hype-averse band give as much as their name would suggest at a recent club show.
Everything Everything have never been, for want of a better word, a ‘hype band’. Though they may have received some kind words from Zane Lowe early on in their career, never were they coupled with the sort of continuous radio play or NME cover features you would expect with a brand of guitar’n’synth-driven pop as infectious as theirs. Rather than invade the public consciousness à la Palma Violets and other such hacks, EE have politely and gradually, over a six-year period, earned their status as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed British bands touring today.
This self-assured patience appears to bleed into their live show, careful as they are throughout not to let anything peak too early. The hits are spread evenly among the lesser-known album tracks, the first, ‘MY KZ YR BF’, coming a relaxed three songs in. Neither though do Everything Everything let their audience, or themselves, get bored. Delicate numbers like most recent single ‘Duet’ are delivered with as much energy as the bouncy ‘Photoshop Handsome’ and the clattering riot soundtrack of ‘Cough Cough’.
There’s no doubt that EE can turn the atmosphere up from melodious to manic like a light-switch but tonight they’re consistently held back by New Slang’s PA (the weekly indie night has moved in recent months from the superior, if still chavtastic, Hippodrome to McClusky’s on the other side of town). Try as they might to recreate the intricate, at times quasi-orchestral, sounds of their records live, it often comes across fudged and strenuously faint. Thankfully, they don’t seem to share in the frustration of the crowd (who have also got a pair of ridiculously fat pillars to deal with mere metres from the stage) and manage to rock the fuck out of the speakers anyway during ‘Suffragette, Suffragette’, with an extended middle section so fuzzy it’s as though they’ve borrowed Ty Segall’s pedalboard.
Finishing off the main set with ‘Arc’ closer ‘Don’t Try’, we are then treated to a three-song encore, with an ender that is, in frontman Jonathon Higgs’ own words, “a more obscure song of ours,” the name of which I failed to catch, and after much trial and error would appear to be absent from YouTube and Spotify. Like much of their show, it smacks of a band living up to their name, giving Everything and then some.