With some of the best album art in recent memory, Get To Heaven is the latest album from Manchester based Indie Pop band Everything Everything. It was well received but for one reason or the other went under my radar. Their sound is like a mix of Stepdad (with their high pitched vocals), Young Fathers (their distinct modern English Pop/Rap), and The Shins (their Indie Pop-Rock). Lyrically (and sonically) this album is very aggressive and frustrated, and very contemporary. Singer Jonathan Higgs said that this was the result of the endless barrage of horrific news, the rise of ISIS and divisive politics.
To the Blade opens the album in dramatic fashion, and it’s far and away the best song on the album. The first verse is nearly a capella, but the chorus just explodes in sound out of nowhere. Higg’s voice is just incredible, and I love how deep and fuzzy the guitars and bass are compared to his airy voice. It’s a beautiful song that is memorable as hell, and makes me want to just start the album over again every time. The title track Get to Heaven is another highlight, juxtaposing banal activities, indifference and the horrors of war under a tropical pop dance tune. It accurately describes the twilight zone level of life most of us lead, concerned more about what to eat as if we weren’t in the middle of a war. I’m not foolish enough to say you shouldn’t care about these things because somewhere someone is dying, and I don’t think the band is saying that either, just pointing out the difference in worlds.
The second half of Get To Heaven isn’t as strong as the first, and it’s a shame. It’s not to say the songs are awful, it just loses some steam. Zero Pharaoh picks it up a little, with some captivating instrumentation, and some lovely guitar riffs that I wish were all over this album. Lyrically it’s a rejection of the fervor people have of their political leaders, and the ensuing violence that comes of it. Warm Healer is the most chilled out song, but it’s not without it’s political angst. Although the album dips down towards the end, it’s still a great piece that Pop and Indie fans should check out if they haven’t already. It also gives me a lot of hope for their future musical projects.