Gig Review by Olivia Faye Wood with Photography by Megan Levers

Everything Everything

Formed in late 2007, the alt-pop-rock band ‘Everything Everything’ (EE) have released three albums to date: ‘Man Alive’, 2010, ‘Arc’ in 2013 and ‘Get to Heaven’ in the summer of this year; which, lyrically speaking, Higgs refers to as a “horror bible”. The dark and often formidably violent lyrics “I’m going to kill a stranger, so don’t’ you be a stranger.” written by Higgs, contrast dramatically with the bright pop-like sound which, when performed lived is highly stylised and sensory in effect, intensified by the blaring lights and panels of colour that lit up The Leadmill, Sheffield on Monday night. The band consists of members Jonathan Higgs, lead singer, Jeremy Pritchard, bassist, drummer Michael Spearman, Alex Robertshaw, lead guitarist, and touring musician Pete Sené on keyboards.

Everything Everything

Everything Everything

EE are highly praised by critics, being nominated for numerous awards in previous years, and enjoy frequent radio play, most notably on BBC Radio 1; and being lucky enough to see them live I can tell why. With influences that range from ‘The Beatles’ to ‘Destiny’s Child’ it’s not surprising that their sound is so unusual. With support from the brilliant ‘Stealing Sheep’, who also provided backing vocals for ‘Regret’, EE emerged onto the darkened stage wearing inconspicuous matching grey bomber jackets, not their usual outlandish white suits. I find that their work verges on pretentiousness, yet something about the energy and the pop-happy choruses prevents this from happening.

Everything Everything

Popular songs included a mix between old Cough Cough, Don’t Try and new material Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread, Regret, Distant Past respectively. The set was energetic and eclectic, with Higgs unusual voice encompassing a vast range of pitch which was both mesmerising and ‘wince-inducing’. The performance was perfectly crafted with beautiful harmonies intertwined with drum and synch heavy interludes and strong guitar leads, proving their style to be dynamic, their sound diverse. Higgs detailed and quick paced lyrics are undeniably impressive, particularly given Higgs’ fluidity between alto and falsetto. Each member seemed consumed by his instrument, lost in his own little world, all impressive musicians in their own right.

Everything Everything

Everything Everything

After rapturous applause EE returned to the stage for the encore with a quick outfit change, coming forth in red and pink patched jackets, Higgs wearing an almost ‘ceremonial’ robe of the same material. The penultimate song ‘No Reptiles’ was atmospheric, reaching a dramatic crescendo with its unnerving yet beautiful lyrics: “Oh baby it’s alright, it’s alright to feel like a fat child in a push chair old enough to run/ Old enough to fire a gun.”

Everything Everything

EE continue their tour of Europe into the new year, and I can assure you they’ll be no Regret in forking out the cash to go see them perform live.

Everything Everything

Everything Everything

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