As far as band names go, Everything Everything has never been a more appropriate one for this particular lot. The Manchester-based four-piece throw a whole crockpot of influences on every record that they make – not always to tremendous success, mind – that they’re certainly up there with the high-rolling risk-takers of the indie world.
Get To Heaven starts with that kind of jolt. To The Blade is a raucous indie anthem, although it’s immediately offset by some sort of spoken-word and Thong Song pre-chorus delivery on Distant Past. Whatever the case, and whatever the hit rate, no one can accuse this lot of being boring, that’s for sure.
And of course, their tongue-in-cheek style extends to the title track (“When I get to heaven… Thinking what was my password?”) and songs titled Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread. There’s a sense that this record thinks that it’s way more intelligent than it actually is, and the over-egging gets a bit much when teamed with the sonic acrobatics of Fortune 500. But this is still a hugely enjoyable record, bursting with ideas closer to Man Alive than Arc, and one that’s well worth spending some time with. Even if it sends you a bit bat-shit in the process.
Get To Heaven by Everything Everything can be ordered here.