In the Post #159: Everything Everything preview fourth album ‘A Fever Dream’ with teaser ‘Can’t Do’

By on Thursday, 15th June 2017 at 12:00 pm

Everything Everything have been hinting at new material for quite a while now. The anticipation that has been building has clearly worked. A series of four live shows – a paltry number for a band with a profile like theirs – starting next week in England are all sold out. Heck, even Fenech-Soler were asking me 2 months ago if I had access and had heard their new album yet. (For the record, I haven’t.) They finally let the cat out of the bag Tuesday night with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, revealing a new single as the Hottest Record in the World. While ‘Can’t Do’ doesn’t wow as much as previous album previews ‘Cough Cough’ and ‘Distant Past’, but it fits comfortably as part of the next chapter to the Everything Everything saga. We don’t know a lot about their next album besides its title and that it’s been produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Depeche Mode).

On their last LP released in 2015, frontman and falsetto enthusiast Jonathan Higgs said it was representative of the politics and the times. ‘Get to Heaven’ was indeed jarring and challenging, yet it proved satisfying if given enough attention. Higgs’ comments on their newest material suggest a different, more hedonistic intention, which makes sense, given the frenetic pace of their new single. In the press release for it, Higgs says, ‘’Can’t Do’ is about trying to bend to the world and fit into it. Nobody is normal, nobody knows what normal is. ‘I can’t do the thing you want’ – we don’t care we just want you to dance.”

The music video sees possessed zombies in the underworld doing just that, in an Everything Everything-flavoured Thriller style video. Some of the zombies are wearing masks, matching the band’s own in their new profile photo on Facebook. Is it a commentary on the false faces public figures and indeed, even sometimes we ourselves put on? Is putting on a mask a sign of bravery, of stiff upper lip, of keeping on keeping on because we must? Or is it a disguise to hide cowardice, plain and simple?

Certainly more simplistic and less in your face than their other memorable, now classic singles – ‘Photoshop Handsome’, ‘Kemosabe’, ‘Regret’ – ‘Can’t Do’ still maintains the group’s never-wavering originality. In particular, while listening to it, its unsettling rhythm makes you feel like you’re suffering from a persistent tremor that won’t go away. Will the new album have scathing observations of the world as we know it? Or have Everything Everything given up on their philosophical rants? We’ll have to wait until August to see what the rest of ‘A Fever Dream’ has in store.


‘Can’t Do’ is out now. ‘A Fever Dream’, the fourth studio album from the Manchester-derived Everything Everything, will be out on the 18th of August on RCA Records. To read our pretty hefty archive of Everything Everything articles here on TGTF, start here.


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