About Everything Everything
Polychromatic indie art rock outfit Everything Everything emerged from the music scene of Manchester, England, in the late 2000s, delivering their first album, Man Alive, in 2010. Led by Jonathan Higgs' unmistakable falsetto and beholden to no single formula, the band proved to be as accessible as Michael Jackson and as heady as Ezra Pound and Steve Reich, while drawing from a well that runs as deep as the Beatles and Bowie, all stated influences. The debut was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and Everything Everything landed in the U.K. Top Five with 2013's Arc. They repeated that chart placement with their fourth album, 2017's A Fever Dream, which also garnered a second Mercury Prize nomination.
Everything Everything formed in late 2007 around the talents of drummer Mike Spearman, vocalist, guitarist, and laptop cowboy Jonathan Higgs, bass player Jeremy Pritchard, and guitarist Alex Robertshaw, all of whom share (professionally) the last name "Everything." XL Recordings were alerted to the band's innovative and off-kilter approach and put out their first single, "Suffragette Suffragette," on limited 7" vinyl in 2008. After a year of touring, the four-piece released their breakthrough single, "MY, KZ, UR BF," late in 2009, again as a limited 7", but this time through London-based indie Young and Lost Club. The group then appeared on the longlist of the prominent BBC Sound of 2010 Award and shortly thereafter signed to Geffen Records.
Their debut album, Man Alive, appeared in August 2010 and courted critical acclaim for their unpredictable, infectious pop. The success of the record was capped off with a nomination for the 2011 Mercury Prize alongside a support slot with Snow Patrol on their nationwide arena tour.
Two years after their debut, Everything Everything moved to RCA and released the Cough Cough EP in mid-2012, with another full-length following 2013. Entitled Arc, it consolidated the band's frenetic, genre-marauding style with Man Alive producer David Kosten. Featuring their sole Top 40 single, "Cough Cough," and lauded by music critics and fans alike, the album reached number five in the U.K., and the group embarked on their first headlining European tour.
Everything Everything took a break from touring in 2014, making only limited local live appearances, and worked on their third long-player with producer Stuart Price (the Killers, Pet Shop Boys). The sociopolitically affected Get to Heaven was released in June 2015 and peaked at number seven on the U.K. album chart. The band re-emerged in 2016 with the stand-alone single "I Believe It Now," which featured in BT Sport's Premier League shows. Continuing in the political vein they set forth on Get to Heaven, Everything Everything responded to escalating instability on their fourth LP, A Fever Dream, which arrived on RCA in August 2017 and returned them to the number five spot in the U.K. The EP A Deeper Sea followed soon after, in February 2018. Its four tracks included a cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down."
The quartet then parted ways with RCA, opting to self-release their fifth studio album. Recorded in late 2019 with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, the Decemberists), RE-ANIMATOR arrived in September 2020. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson