Jonathan Everything recently took a few minutes out of his no doubt hectic schedule to set our record straight on a few questions. Click the link above to see our preview of two of their regional dates in Southampton/Cambridge, or click here for the full list of UK dates.
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The 405: Hi guys. Hope all is well? Could you start by telling us why you make music as Everything Everything? Jonathan: It's a great thrill to create something new and it makes me feel useful for a few hours afterwards. The 405: Man Alive is getting some incredible press but also seems quite divisive; Pitchfork for example, rated it at 4.8 (not sure what’s wrong with .5…) What is it about your music that splits opinion? Jonathan: It was actually a 3.8, which was a big let down as we were hoping for 3.9. We expected people to dislike it so we were very pleased so many people got it. It splits opinion a bit because it isn't very easy to latch onto immediately and makes some people feel excited, some just annoyed. The 405: Is there an underlying theme running through the album? Jonathan There are several themes that reoccur; the state of the world and it's future, the origin of humankind, the moment where we stopped being like all the other animals, the influence of technology, suicide and friendships, guilt, fatherhood. The 405: Everything Everything’s star in general has risen pretty quickly, from your earlier days on the Young and Lost Club compilation to being signed to Geffen. Was there a moment where you realise that things were going to start happening for you guys and how do you cope with the hype? Jonathan: It's hard to get a grip on our own 'hype' because we only see it from the inside, we don't feel pressured or uncomfortable with people being interested in the band, we had a long 2 years of working hard and not knowing if we'd ever get anywhere before we were signed. The moment we were signed was no guarantee of anything either, but we did feel confident and we had a good shot at it. The 405: You appeared in the latest Clash magazine all dressed up for their Fashion issue, and Esquire have taken to suiting and booting good alternative bands. Is fashion important to you guys, the music industry in general, or do you think it’s just a convenient cross-industry cash in? Also, why are you on horses? Jonathan: Fashion isn't very important to us at all, lots of industries like to tie themselves to music because it's such a strange and powerful phenomenon that can't really be predicted or explained. We did an early photo shoot on horses because we owed a farmer a huge debt. The 405: Ok, something a little more light-hearted. Clock Opera have just remixed you guys, but who do you think would be the absolutely worst band that could remix you and why? Jonathan: Scouting for Girls would probably do a pretty amazingly bad job because they aren't very good at making decisions. The 405: Can you tell us a little about your Japanese tour? What were the biggest differences between the audiences there, and what was the best food you ate? Jonathan: It was amazing, the audiences are ridiculously polite and reserved, but they know how to party. We ate loads of fish and kept going back to this place called Freshness Burger at about 5 in the morning because we were so jetlagged. The 405: You've said in the past that your one rule is to avoid cliché at any cost. What steps have you taken to ensure this so far? (Not that we’re accusing you at all!) Jonathan: We aren't massively strict about it and we don't go through our music and strip out things if we think they are cliches, because we'd end up with silence. It's not a conscious effort to be difficult, the songs come out that way because it's the way we excite ourselves - nobody gets excited if you can predict every word and every note of a song, its boring. The 405: And, sorry if we’re stirring; who do you think is the most clichéd band going at the moment? Jonathan: The Rolling Stones are getting a bit samey. The 405: Lastly: do you have a message you’d like to say to all your fans, and more importantly, any of your haters? Jonathan: To our fans we say thanks for being interested in us, our haters can't hear us because they are all listening to Toploader.
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You can visit the band by heading to http://www.myspace.com/everythingeverythinguk