A look back at the Brightonsfinest interviews with The Mercury Prize shortlist artists Wolf Alice, Sons of Kemet and Everything Everything. This year's ceremony takes place at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on 20th September.
The Manchester ‘new complexity’ maestros Everything Everything return with a new EP, following the release of last year’s stunning A Fever Dream.
Ahead of a UK tour, that includes a date at London’s Alexandra Palace, the four-piece have released A Deeper Sea, a four track EP that tackles mental health issues. Lead singer Jonathan Higgs says about lead track ‘Mariana’, “It’s about male identity and suicide and the current crisis there is, whether you believe it or not, with being male.”
The New Complexity they call it. And the aptly named Everything Everything have it in spades. While their sound has been called ‘a riot in a melody factory’ and been compared to ‘Timbaland if he cocked an oblique ear to Yes’ , the band prefers to see themselves as simply a pop one, albeit one that does so much more than simply trade verses with choruses, instead preferring to deliver a technicoloured and multifaceted sound palette that speaks of sophistication and invention, whilst remaining very accessible, often joyous, and often sublime
Certainly, EE are a remarkably intelligent band, made up of members who are deep thinkers. Indeed, original member Alex Niven – who played guitar on a few of the early singles – left the band to become a full-time writer and poet, and is currently working at New Left Review, the highly regarded bi-monthly politics magazine. He, along with Jonathan Higgs and Michael Spearman are all from Northumbria, and met at school in Hexham where they played music together. Another Alex – Robertshaw – took over guitar duties in 2009. But, it wasn’t until they went their separate university ways that the idea for EE took shape. Like similarly musically complex minded bands such as alt-j, Foals and Django Django, the members of Everything Everything went to university with ideas of making music, deciding perhaps wisely that some kind of education would be needed as a priority in this present-day world, where safety/welfare nets are fast disappearing. Gone, it seems, are the days when particularly creative and talented people could develop their craft while drawing on the dole… But music has an almighty pull for some, and eventually it took over this foursome…