Q&A: Everything Everything answer our questions…

By on Tuesday, 8th December 2009 at 2:00 pm

Following on from our profile of them yesterday, Everything Everything have very kindly answered some of our questions, telling us all about their pre-gig habits, their love of Manchester and what they’ve been watching whilst on tour…

Everything Everything (side)Congratulations on finishing fourth in our 10 of 2010 awards… sorry we don’t have a trophy or anything to give you. I’m sure you’ve probably won plenty of awards – what’s your most treasured one and why?
We’ve won literally none. Although I suppose we’ve had a few list-based plaudits. Our favourite accolade, is this one obviously! To be honest, all the rankings and best-ofs etc are all pretty meaningless. It’s just good that people enjoy the music and think what we’re doing is worthwhile. Thanks though!

What’s been your highlight of 2009? What about your lowlight?
I think maybe our show at Union Chapel for the Mencap Little Noise sessions might win overall. We played with a string quintet that we’d written arrangements of the songs for. The venue and the new sound context for the songs were gorgeous. Honestly quite moving. We had a really good tour in October and November too. Our pervasive lowlight is rise and rise of David Cameron… That and dealing with the pressures of having such an unusual and unstructured lifestyle, especially while we were still unsigned. It puts a strain on all relationships. Not that we’d complain about it, or want to change anything really.

Likewise, what are you most excited about for 2010?
Festivals and foreign touring will be amazing fun but making the best record we possibly can is paramount.

What music / artists are you really excited to be hearing in 2010? What sort of stuff are you enjoying listening to at the moment?
We’re listening to all the usual highlights from 2009 – Dirty Projectors, Wild Beasts, Dan Deacon etc. As far as next year goes, WE WANT DETOX RELEASED/ACTUALLY MADE, DRE! I’d love to hear a new Strokes album. And we love Interpol so a new record from them will be extremely welcome. My favourite band Joeyfat will release an album in 2010 and I’ll put any money on it being the best thing out next year.

It seems just about every decent band at the moment is coming from Manchester. What do you think is so special about the city that produces so many great musicians? Are you friends with any of the other Manchester bands?
Dutch Uncles and Delphic (who we’ve swapped remixes with) are lovely boys. It is a special city with grit and determination, especially where music is concerned. It also has a great music infrastructure and the self-sufficiency and co-operation that was instilled during the Factory Records days is still present and that can make you feel really safe. There is still, however, a large part of the scene that rests on the city’s many laurels and past glories. If we could wish for one legacy to Manchester in particular, it would be to remind the place that radicalism and iconoclasm made it great in the first place, and you have to keep moving in order to retain that relevance.

The video for your single MY KZ, UR BF is kinda crazy – what was the idea behind it? Are all of your videos going to be just as fun? (please?)
Yeah we’ll try to make them all as imaginative at any rate. The idea for MY KZ was originally to have an entire war going on with somebody hoovering and acting out the plot of the song amongst the bullets and explosions. Like R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’, or an episode of ‘Friends’, but with a very gory war scene happening simultaneously. We also wanted dancing girls, as a nod to the nature of the song’s chorus. Only some of this was possible, so we set it in a nuclear bunker and made a kind of surreal nightmare out of it. We did inject a few very short snippets of the original idea to spice things up a bit.

Before you go on stage do you have any weird and wonderful rituals?
We chop up lemons and fresh ginger and throw that into some hot water with some honey, and drink that and shriek a bit to warm up our voices. Then Alex smokes to ruin all that. Then we Cumberland wrestle. Then we say a prayer that Beyonce taught us.

What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?
The Kennedy Space centre, Launch pad 39A in Florida.

Finally, what TV, films and books are you really enjoying at the moment?
Films: We saw This Is It on tour, not sure if we enjoyed it or not… Definitely enjoyed ‘Anvil‘.

TV: ‘Trinity’ is arguably the worst TV series ever written, if not made. We’ve enjoyed that a great deal. Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is great.

Books: ‘The Road Home’ by Rose Tremain, very engrossing and bittersweet, maybe one of the first novels written about the kind of anonymous life lead by London’s relatively new Eastern European migrant workforce. ‘Cathedral’ by Raymond Carver is a collection of short stories that are as tender as they are powerful. ‘The Private Life of the Brain’ by Susan Greenfield, a pretty interesting look at the physiology of the brain, basically. ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell is novel of such dizzying scope and depth (and sheer length) that I haven’t really been able to cope with it. But it’s definitely amazing, and this failing is mine and not the book’s.

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