It was an evening of nerdy merriment as Manchester-spawned indie-math-rockers
Everything Everything hit Cardiff’s Students’ Union, kicking off the UK leg of
their current tour.
Supporting were Stealing Sheep, a Liverpudlian trio who seem
to slot into the currently vogueish sparkly female electronica genre, albeit with
live percussion and folk-tinged vocals – more sung in unison than three-part
harmony. Very engaging, with the singles, especially “Apparition”, standing out
I note that the last time I saw the headliners was on the
NME Tour early in 2011, at which point they were exciting, eccentric newcomers.
Now, almost five years later and three albums in, they are possibly one of the
finest live acts out there, brimming with confidence and revelling in their
idiosyncracies – down to the comedy sci-fi uniforms and Doctor Who-inflected
back-projections. Their strength lies not only in their musicianship, but also the
remarkable range of influences that go into their sound, from prog-rock to
hip-hop to pure pop.
|Everything Everything in Cardiff - November 7th 2015|
Lead singer Jonathan pushed his voice to the very limit, and
the keyboard sound being inevitably muddy, much of the melodic burden was
deftly carried by the bass. They leant heavily on the recent “Get To Heaven”
album, particularly towards the beginning, growing more contemplative as things
progressed, before bringing out some big hitters towards the end of the
70-minute set (although I think “MY KZ YR BF” was missing) and returning for a
rousing encore, culminating in a rousing singalong of “No Reptiles” (the “fat
child in a pushchair” song).
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