Archive for July, 2013

What I love about Everything Everything’s lyrics is that they seem nonsensical, ridiculous. It’s only when we delve into songs like Photoshop Handsome and read the opening verse that we can find something else in this four piece from England.

What have you done with my father?
Why does he look like a carving?
How do I live in the present?
I make my own density?”-

From ‘Photoshop Handsome’ off the album ‘Man Alive’

I’ll show you why I see Everything Everything as such an engaging group even though they bring such a new style to their audience 

These words literally talk about tools in the Apple photography editing software Photoshop and their effects. Is that the message that was intended to be sent out? Or is there another meaning behind these odd words, like Yuck talking about getting over a wall when we know that there’s more to them than this. They don’t quite go as far as disguising their feelings for drugs with a woman, something a band like Radiohead would do.

What Everything Everything are trying to say is that we can’t trust anyone any more, that nothing is what it first turns out to be, like the documentary Catfish, where a man is enticed into a relationship with a woman he meets on-line only to then find that his whole relationship was forged. Perhaps the song is a reminder that there are people out there who could be looking at our private virtual conversations, like our emails, calls and text messages.

The way that you portray yourself as a band is not purely through lyrics, or music, but can also be through the artwork in the CD. The image of a fox in a pink liquid facing the moon facing what looks like the image on a television breaking up. The artwork suits the band perfectly, a completely strange and pretty much meaningless picture (not that Everything Everything are meaningless).

What catches the ear about Everything Everything is their work on the keyboard and the lead singer, J0nathan Higgs’s almost permanent full setto voice. What you’d also notice quickly is how romantic their music is (not as in ‘roses are red’ romantic, but as in musically romantic), they range their tempo, dynamics and their feel from charismatic and energetic to when they perfect those melancholy endings.

Tell me, what do you prefer, a band who portray their feelings in another form, like Radiohead, or the straightforward way of telling people how you feel through music?

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It’s finally happened. Paramore has grown up. After coming out of group therapy, the Tennessee-originated  trio released a self titled album; that was not only the first of theirs  to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard 200, but it was also their first album after the departure of co-founders Josh and Zac Farro.

The album created a new identity for Paramore. All the teen angst seems to evaporate, leaving behind three passionate young adults, ready to take on the world and whatever comes after. They’ve left behind the blueprints of past singles and EPs, starting completely anew; forget two timing boyfriends and the girl that makes him stray, neglect the punchy poems about letting you heart decide what’s best (and then regretting it after). The band has turned their attention to writing about long distance relationships,  serious relationships, reading the newspaper,  saving money, and loving yourself ‘because someday you’ll be the only one you’ve got’. In short, GROWING UP.

There are also tracks that seem to be written about the group’s time in therapy, like ‘Now’ and ‘Future’, which both talk about disregarding the past and looking to tomorrow. This becomes obvious in the lyrics from ‘Now’:

Starting over/ Head back in/ There’s a time and a place to die but this ain’t it/ If there’s a future, we want it (now).

Or in the lyrics of ‘Future’

So just think of the future/ Think of a new life./ Don’t get lost in the memories,/Keep your eyes on a new prize.

I’d have to say my favorite songs so far from the album are ‘Last Hope’ , ‘Ankle biters’ and ‘Interlude: i’m not angry anymore’. Each one is dynamic in it’s melody, and really hits you in the heart with what they have to say. These guys can write about anything, even a two minute chant about Hayley Williams (lead singer) brushing her teeth in the morning could hit home, and get a listless listener to sing along at the top of their lungs, in their room at 2 am. Each of these songs tell different stories: chemistry that keeps you fighting through the darkness, edgy (and shouty) rhythms dedicated to people that need to pay attention to themselves, rather than the compliments of others, and dealing with your anger like a big girl!

I’ve seen a new side of Paramore, an unexpected, multicoloured explosion of punk that makes you grin with glee as you feel the emotion bubbling up inside of you. It does exactly that. The music makes you feel.