Review by James Attwood with Photography by Laura Chen

The 12th April saw Everything Everything make their long awaited return to Birmingham after their previous date was postponed due to snow and safety concerns for the audience. As a regularly missed town on the tour map, Birmingham crowds are known for their dedication and riotousness. This particular gig was no different.

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London electro rockers Pumarosa opened up a well played, if a little short support set with pulsing synthesizers and strobe lights. Second single Cecile began proceedings, a perfect balance of synthesized rhythms, driving drums and lead singer Isabel Munoz-Newsome’s haunting falsetto. Only Pumarosa could combine these elements with saxophone solos and an impressive light show, making for an energetic and enthralling live performance. It is clear that their sound is designed for these bigger venues, bringing another dimension to the music of the band.

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They focus on material from their debut album, including lead single Priestess which sees the band at their finest, ascending in to a lengthy on stage jam, which feels very organic and fails to lose the attention of the audience. It is clear this band love to perform, which in turn results in the enjoyment of their audience. Pumarosa left the stage to a rapturous applause from an already packed out O2 Academy main room.

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A throbbing pulse welcomes Everything Everything to the stage, which quite abruptly cuts out, leaving behind the fragile, beautiful arrangement that is Fever Dream. Having started their sets previously with the boisterous Knight Of The Long Knives this catches the audience off guard and sets the tone for the evening, a set which will mainly consist of new album material.

The majority of their set this evening consisted of A Fever Dream and Get To Heaven tracks, with a few Arc tracks such as Kemosabe and Cough Cough thrown in for crowd pleasing good measure. “We’re about a month late” states Jonathan Higgs as the band launch into an energetic rendition of Regret, a track that really indicates the bands skill for arrangement and knack for excellent vocal harmonies.

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The dedication of the Birmingham crowd is tested, but clear from their set as the crowd sing along to tracks at the top of their lungs as if they were songs from Man Alive, an album which along with it’s contents has become obsolete within the band’s live performances apart from the rare outing of Qwerty Finger, which the audience are treated to this evening. A Fever Dream is possibly their most experimental album to date and possibly hardest to stomach live, but the loyalty of the crowd this evening and response is as good as I’ve seen at any of their festival sets previously.

Their performance has the perfect amount of highs and lows, the heavy instrumentals of Ivory Tower and Run The Numbers provide grit, whilst others such as Good Shot Good Soldier and Put Me Together result in more sombre moments, capturing the band at their most mature.

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It’s easy to be fooled by Everything Everything’s live performance, which is now centered largely around electronics. However it does not feel orchestrated at all, their vocal harmonies are smooth and they still leave room for improvised math influenced heavy riff sections, reminding us that they are a Guitar band at heart. Can’t do closes their set, which leaves the crowd roaring for more. Tonight’s encore saw the band perform big hit Distant Past and close on No Reptiles, leaving a rather large MY KZ UR BF shaped gap in the encore, maybe that’s just me being a day one fan.

After rescheduling the gig due to adverse weather conditions prior, Everything Everything made their show at the O2 Academy Birmingham more than worth the wait of the crowd, performing a set that suggested they are perhaps just hitting their stride as a headline act destined for even bigger and better venues within the future.

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