Everything Everything @ Scala, London, 06/10/2010

October 12, 2010 by  

Everything Everything have been on the tips of taste-makers tongues since way back last year, when they was still an unsigned band. Having sold-out the ICA before they penned their first deal, hopes have always been high for the Manchester quartet and nearly a year after that triumphant night the band released their long awaited D?but album, Man Alive. To be fair to them the hype surrounding the release seemed to be warranted, with most reviews nudging it toward the high end of the five star spectrum.

Tonight?s show, and tour, was supposed to be the celebration of said critical success and, for many, was the first chance to see if the band could sound as good live as they do on record. Consequently, the Scala was completely?sold-out. Surely not an easy task for any band on just the one album? But for EE it just seems to be part of the course.??

As we arrived slightly after nine,?the bars swelled with eager punters and we found our path to the floor beneath the stage severely blocked. As a result, we had to make do with perch on a stair case ? although this staircase was complimented by the presence of Ellie Goulding.

The set started tentatively, with singer Jonathan failing to nail the high notes on the first few tracks. Whether this was down to nerves, a below-par sound guy or our unfortunate position in the venue is hard to tell. However, it was certainly worrying. For Jonathan ‘s vocal athletics are at the core of EE and no matter how tight the rest of the band were it looked like we was in for a long night.

Thankfully, as the band settled into their groove so did the vocals. Whether it be the sound guy actually getting things right or the passing of nerves, the bands’ new found verve lifted the Scala and elevated the set beyond its shaky beginnings. The intricate ‘My Kz, Ur Bf’ tingled the spine, the poignancy of Tin (The Manhole) balanced out the choppy time signatures of ‘Schoolin’, and the visceral climax of ‘Suffragette Suffragette’ hammered home their status as more than extroverted indie boys.

As they ended on the miltary-beat lead ‘Photoshop Handsome’, Everything Everything flourished and left the mark of a band quickly on their way to great things.