Volt Café spoke to Jeremy Pritchard, the bassist from the band Everything Everything, who performed a DJ set at RUDE! Proud Camden on the 24th of October who hosted the official EVERYTHING EVERYTHING end of tour party.
Volt Café: First of all, as your music sounds quite eclectic and clearly shows influences from different music genres, has that been the reason for the band’s name?
Everything Everything: To some extent, yeah. We always liked its inclusion and the sense of limitless possibility. It was also important to us that it looked good graphically, written down. It has a pleasing musicality and rhythm to it too.
VC: You’re known each other for a long time, have you always wanted to pursue a career in music?
EE: Yes, I think we all did, always. I can’t imagine any of us being very good at much else…
VC: If you could describe your music in three words, what would they be?
EE: Quixotic, eventful pop.
VC: As you see yourself as a pop-band, let’s get the clichés out of the way! What’s the most cliché or chat-up line you’ve ever heard?
EE: “At the end of the day…”
VC: Where do you go to find inspiration?
EE: It finds you, I think. One of the things that is impossible to do in what we do is to force to inspiration, or force creativity. Having said that, I do think it’s important to keep your cultural radars on, so to speak. I’ve been listening to a lot of Radio 3 documentaries about various classical composers and I’m always struck by how (particularly French impressionist) composers seemed move in pretty cross-disciplinary circles. All of them were friends with painters and poets and critics etc. That’s sort of missing now. There’s less communication and exchange and exploration across the arts now, which is a shame.
VC: Could you tell us more about your writing process? Are you all involved?
EE: We are all involved, to varying degrees, depending on the song. Basically, all the songs start with Jonathan and his guitar and laptop. We then maul the ideas in rehearsal, and arrange and structure it properly.
VC: Your songs contain strong ‘wordplay’ and layered meaning; is there a particular message you want to communicate?
EE: Not one message, no. And in fact Jonathan is rarely talking about one thing at a time. Any one line or lyric usually pertains to a couple or a few things, and he constantly shifts between the microcosm of his own life, and the macrocosm of all human existence and history.
VC: Your first album Man Alive sounds more experimental where ARC sounds more solid and open to a broader audience. Is this on purpose? Could you tell us more about the difference?
EE: We just grew out of being so uptight and learned to concentrate more. We wanted to make a more honest, direct, emotional connection with our audience, without Man Alive’s smoke and mirror arrangements and metaphor-wrapped words.
VC: Would you say you’ve changed as an artist/band?
EE: Certainly. I think about what we were like in late 2007 and 2008 a lot, rehearsing in our basement and playing bar gigs anywhere that would have us. We were very loud, brash, tight and shocking. We’ve learned to write songs since!
VC: How is the tour? What was your ultimate highlight up till now?
EE: We’re in France now with Foals. By the end of the year we’ll have played around 150 shows. The last UK tour In October was the culmination of our live career to date, and the two shows we played at The Ritz in Manchester and the two we played at Kentish Town Forum in London were really fantastic moments for us.
VC: Is there a difference between performing on festivals, gigs or concerts – is there something that you prefer?
EE: It’s good to be adaptable. It keeps things interesting and it’s good discipline.
VC: Your first music videos were made entirely by yourselves; you were even nominated for best new video director. They showcase surrealism and animation – is that your signature style?
EE: It was maybe a signature style at the time, but that was more out of lack of funds than anything else. But that restriction was good for us, it forced us to be imaginative and original and gave those early videos a very particular identity and aura.
VC: The last couple of years have been quite successful, what are you hoping for in 2014?
EE: To make and ideally release another album. I say that now, but god knows how it’ll transpire… We would like to work quicker and generally shorten the whole record-promote-single-promote-album-promote-tour process though.
Words by Lete Hulscher
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