“This is as new to us as it is to you,” announce the band before they rocket into songs that certainly don’t sound formulaic or straightforward. They’re like an indie version of a free form jazz band forsaking true melodies for experimentation, yet they maintain the reins enough to keep to three and four minute pop songs. There are moments when there is a hint of Prince, a lick of Wild Beasts, a pinch of Vampire Weekend guitar and on the stomping, rocking and grooving Suffragette Suffragette a light wash of TV On The Radio. With this sound and a keyboard playing vocalist that stands side on to the audience, Everything Everything are certainly not conventional. In places their approach of throwing so many ideas into the mix makes them almost inaccessible. When however the frenetic experimental energy of the music is allowed a little bit of breathing space, songs do begin to come through.
If 2009 is the year of slightly oddball band and performer then Everything Everything are right there in the mix.