hmv.com reviews... Everything Everything @ Cardiff Great Hall
Everyone's favourite pop eccentrics hit Cardiff over the weekend and we were there to take it all in...
The eclectic indie rockers Everything Everything, touring their new album Get To Heaven, which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page.
In the Cardiff University Great Hall.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It's not quite sold out, but damn near close. Not that it matters when the band come on, by then you'd be hard pressed to try and find a spot within the room.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Entering the stage to thundering bass; the band are dressed in an attire that make them look like air stewards from space, all very surreal. They open with the first track on their latest album 'To The Blade' and instantly command the place, they then move on to 'Blast Doors', a track which perfectly demonstrates the band's blend of fast flowing lyrics and eccentric, but weirdly catchy arrangements, mixing both high falsetto notes and melodic tones all within the space of about 20 seconds. It's great to see a band so creative with their work which is particularly evident in the new album 'Get To Heaven', played in full here tonight.
'Regret' starts one of the first main sing-alongs of the night which also sees drummer Michael Spearman seamlessly transitioning from tambourine to his sticks without any effort at all. They also show off their impressive four part harmonies during the acapella 'Riot On The Ward' an early B-Side to the single 'Schoolin'. It's an enlightening change in pace from the very dark 'The Wheel Is Turning Now' and 'Fortune 500' with the rave-like lights swooping the audience.
The highlights come towards the end of the set with 'Don't Try' kicking off a run of very impressive singles. It's lead into a wonderful Photoshop Handsome and then 'Cough Cough' which is still as infectious now as the first time of listening to it. Even an accident mic drop half way through the song can't diminish it. Their final song before the encore is the fantastic 'Distant Past' which seems to cross multiple genres from indie to rave.
The crowd chant for more and they are not left disappointed as the band end with the wonderful 'No Reptiles', a killer end to a killer show.
Did they put on much of a show?
The stage is very big, almost arena-like. The backdrop is a big white screen where the lights are illuminating it in various colours throughout the night. The whole theme was very theatrical, the band's outfits especially.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Photoshop Handsome', a standout from their debut is the song that gets everybody moving the most. As random and out-there as their lyrics and musical style can be at times, it's hard to deny that they can't half write a very catchy pop song.
Where can I catch them next?
The tour sees them visiting: Bristol, London, Manchester, Sheffield; pretty much everywhere in the UK. At the beginning of next year they are also the main support act for Foals' area which are some concerts which will be impossible to miss!