From the very tail-end of 2008 until the end of the following year, a new young band issued a string of busy, quirky, flamboyant singles entitled 'Suffragette Suffragette', 'Photoshop Handsome' and 'My Kz, Ur Bf', none of which did anything more commercially other than stamp their passport to future success. At a time when just about every other 'indie' band was trying to sound like every other indie band, Everything Everything managed to sound totally unique. There weren't, and still aren't, many outfits with range-testing falsetto vocals, whistling, slick synths, bizarre time-signatures and dead catchy choruses contained within odd-titled songs, something which didn't go unnoticed at Geffen Records - they signed the band after being nominated for the BBC Sound of 2010.
And that, as they say, was the pivotal point in their short lives. Further singles in the form of 'Schoolin'' and a re-released 'My Kz Ur Bf' ensured that at least a few radio stations were pumping out their pop-not-pop anthems on a regular basis in the build up to their debut album. When 'Man Alive' did show up at the end of the summer, it felt like an opportunity missed to install the collection as the summer soundtrack of the year. No matter because it became the soundtrack to the winter instead, prompting a nomination for the following year's Mercury Music Prize and a support slot on Snow Patrol's 'Fallen Empires' tour this year.
The question is: just how do you follow that? Album number two is due for release later this year or early 2013. There's no rush, although most of the album has now been assembled and is ready for airing in public - and that's where you all come in! Everything Everything's minimal activity during the festival season has extended to performing at Portmeirion's boutique bash, Festival No.6 in September. If you don't fancy whooping it up with the likes of New Order, Primal Scream, Spiritualized etc (are you mad?), then you can catch Jonathan and co headlining two warm-up gigs beforehand.
The shows are in Coventry on 13th September and York on the 14th, with tickets available via us right now, priced at £12.50 plus usual fees. As the schedule for the new and as-yet-untitled album unravels, more shows will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, grab these quick!