Over the past fortnight, it’s been a roller-coaster ride for Everything Everything. Just days after dropping euphoric EP ‘A Deeper Sea’, the so-called ‘beast from the east’ shattered any chances of the band’s tour getting off to a good start. However, 3 gig-cancellations later, Leeds fans are lucky enough to witness a band champing at the bit to hammer out a set.
Soon after being warmed up by an eyebrow raising set from Pumarosa, Jon Higgs (lead) and co. kick things off with ‘A Fever Dream’s’ title-track – which converts beautifully to the live arena. And there’s no let up from there, as 8 raging and high-octane hits follow.
The setlist is a concoction largely formed from EE’s two most recent full-lengths; only a mere 3 tracks from albums 1 and 2 make the cut. But old classics are easily forgotten when the colour and energy of, say, “Zero Pharaoh” and “Ivory Tower” ring around the 02 Academy without respite.
Though the gig isn’t without a sprinkling of more thoughtful and introspective moments. As the first real tour of the art-poppers most recent full-length, “Put Me Together” and “Good Shot, Good Soldier” both get an outing – but only the latter of the two truly impressing when testing Higgs’ falsetto.
Then it’s an unlikely inaugural-album track that pleasingly whips up the most chaos within a bubbling audience. The chaotic “QWERTY Finger” triggers widening mosh pits from multiple angles, as the packed-out venue lap up the night’s punky left-turn.
And before you know it the quartet disappear backstage, queuing the ‘we want more!’ encore and the perhaps less-necessary ‘Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire’ chants. The next four is a mix of blazing dance-infused hits (“Breadwinner” and “Distant Past”), and emotional crescendos (“No Reptiles” and “White Whale”). These are 4 tracks grandeur and vast enough to fill venues of much bigger capacities – stadiums even - and if Everything Everything continue their measured-yet-constant progression, it’s only inevitable that they will.
Photo courtesy of Richard Nicholson
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