They've been around for some time now, Everything Everything. Starting out as a spinoff from the 2007 indie boom, featuring such lustrous one hit wonders as "Goodbye Mr A", "Generator" and that Gossip one, I thought their debut spun out to quiet acclaim and they would soon disappear off the royalties of "Photoshop Handsome" until the lead singer's ego got the better of him - as a lead singer's ego is wont to do - and he made something wholly off the fucking wall.
But no. Persistence is a great virtue in the current musical climate. And persist they did. Tell you what, boys. "Cough Cough" is a fucking belter. Arc, their sophomore effort, saw them shake off the bland and settle their quirks, to make a fine record. I began to take notice.
And with Get To Heaven? Well, they've arrived. Whether it's the barnstorming "Distant Past" or the ballad-esque "Regret", lead singer Jonathan Higgs' stunning vocal range - and even more stunning ability to string a selection of wholly bewildering metaphorical statements - is on incredible show. Each member of the band supports superbly, whether synthing it up or rocking it out.
Notably diverse lyrics:
- 'I am compelled to take you by the throat' ("Fortune 500")
'You are a thief and a murderer too, stole the face that you wear from a craven baboon' ("Spring / Summer / Winter / Dread")
'I can shove a maggot in your mouth and make a million' ("Blast Doors")
'Give me a lobotomy and I can be your tutor' ("Blast Doors")
'Oh baby it's alright, it's alright, to feel like a fat child in a pushchair' ("No Reptiles")
...it's like Higgs is a slightly more intelligent and verbose - and less heroin-addled - Anthony Kiedis (or a slightly more intelligent and verbose - and less Stella Artois-addled - Tom Meighan) thinking, 'You know what? Fuck it. That works. And it sounds good with [looks around at all the synths] ...with these synths. Yeah. Yeah. Come on. Let's go.' ...without taking his top off. There's a particular track on the deluxe edition that is incredibly Kanye in its execution, too. Definitely check it out.
It's often hard to believe all the lead vocals are coming from one person. Particularly on "No Reptiles", which sounds like it's been sped up a couple of times at least to begin with, but the later building crescendo is like a modern day "The Universal", as we near the climax. Even the lyrics start to feel like they're making sense.
Everything Everything still sound as mental as they always sounded, but we've finally accepted them for what they are. Mental-sounding. In a quite spectacular way.