Live Gig Video: Everything Everything share studio taping of ‘Night of the Long Knives’ performance

By on Friday, 20th October 2017 at 4:00 pm

In case you’ve been living under a rock: Everything Everything released their fourth album, ‘A Fever Dream’, back in August on RCA Records. This week, they are sharing another video for a song from the album, this time a live performance video shot in their studio in Manchester by Kit Monteith. If Kit’s name sounds familiar, here’s the scoop: he was formerly the drummer of another band many of us adored, the now defunct Trophy Wife from Oxford. Monteith is now in the visual arts, having taken photos of and done merch for fellow Oxfordians and past tourmates of Everything Everything’s, Foals, and others. ‘Night of the Long Knives’ is the third single to be taken from the fourth LP; it follows standouts ‘Can’t Do’ and ‘Desire’ and was anointed as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World this past Wednesday.

The location? Frontman Jonathan Higgs explains: “We wanted to return to the DIY spirit of our early self-directed videos that we made in Manchester when we first started out. It therefore felt right to shoot this video in Manchester and Low Four studios at Old Granada Studios was the perfect fit. It’s a hidden gem that has managed to maintain its original late 1970s aesthetic.” Fans will recall the band were on hand to officially open the venue in the city of their birth and designed for live show recordings last summer.

This performance was filmed entirely in black and white, which is just as well, as they’re not wearing their current tour outfits: neon orange t-shirts, blue jackets and silver trousers. (You can see those outfits in all their glory in my photos of them when they stopped in Washington, DC, to do a show at the Black Cat last Saturday.) One better, actually, is the fact that they’re all dressed a bit different, seemingly representing the different aspects of their music. Higgs is all serious: who wears a trenchcoat to the studio? Guitarist Alex Robertshaw, now cool with a pair of spectacles, has on a striped shirt, long associated with hipsters. Bassist Jeremy Pritchard is in a leather jacket, being a rebel. And last but not least, drummer Mike Spearman is keeping it real, wearing a 9:30 Club t-shirt that any fan can purchase. With the 9:30 Club being in DC, of course I love this. Watch the new video from Everything Everything below. They’ll be on tour in the UK and Ireland starting in late February. For much more on the band on TGTF, follow this link.

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