So how did Everything Everything come to be, is this the original line-up and musical direction?
Mike and Jonathan were at school together with our first guitarist Alex Niven. I met Jon at university in Manchester and he cherry-picked us. We all moved in to a house together and wrote songs in the tiny basement. When Alex left the band after two years he was replaced by Alex Robertshaw, who we had admired for years. We were initially more punky, with more guitars and no synths at all. It was easiest to play gigs like this and to get to grips with playing together. But the plan was always to expand the sound when we had the scope/could afford the gear!
You guys are going to be doing a lot of big festival sets this summer, are you looking forward to it?
Of course! It’s going to be amazing playing all the shows we grew up watching on TV and fantasising about. Glastonbury is very special for us, as it is for everyone.
How do you think your voices will fare with all those harmonies come September?
God knows. Should be ok. Hope so anyway, it’s not like we’ll get a break in September! We’re a bit better at preserving our voices now. They’ll well-used and agile muscles at the moment!
You’ve been on the NME Radar Tour alongside Darwin Deez and Hurts how are you finding that?
It was great to hang out with DD and Hurts It was a really varied bill but everyone got on really well and learnt from each other. We had some really great shows too. It did also further whet our appetite to release our debut album though. We just really want the crowds to know the and love the music as well as we do.
How do you find the Manchester music scene different from London, despite not being as flooded with bands, it’s still seen as musically important due to its history?
Well I guess it’s had a few very intense patches of extreme creativity in the late seventies through to the beginning of the last decade (when Doves and Elbow first emerged). And it’s not a massive city. Well it is, but not as big as London or Birmingham and yet is seems to have achieved more identifiable, enduring music. Radicalism, not following the national trend and sheer bloody-mindedness have characterised our city and keep it great. It kind of neglected that for the last few years but hopefully we’re part of a new wave that is choosing to recognise and absorb, but not emulate, Manchester’s rich musical heritage.
How are you finding the recent in pour of press reception, daunting?
Alex James said in the recent Blur documentary that it never feels like you’ve ‘arrived’, that it never begins to feel real. It’s kind of already like that for us. At the moment we don’t feel any pressure or undeserved expectation. The record’s done now anyway so there’s nothing we can do about it!
Your lyrics are unconventional is this because you like to place more emphasis on sound or because you just enjoying playing with words?
I do place some emphasis on sound but never at the expense of the words. I do enjoy word-play a lot, even in everyday speech. My lyrics are almost always layered with several meanings, and play with puns, quotes or alliteration a fair amount, but never just for the sake it.
Similarly your music videos are often surreal and animated do you make sure to have a large input on creative direction with the team you work with on them?
Absolutely. We made the first three videos ourselves, with the band co-directing with our friends at Three Quarters Productions doing the camerawork and Jonathan editing everything. We also had Alex Johnson (a school friend) doing the graphics stuff. Now, due to time constraints (boo) we have to be less hands-on (literally) but the basic concepts still come from us. If we have the luxury of time again then we’ll continue to make our own videos.
What turns you guys on, musically speaking?
Anything and, er, everything. Literally. There are no genres I can think of that we haven’t learnt something from. We all share a huge number of basic passions like Radiohead, but we all come from different areas of popular music: Jazz and funk; modern US RnB, Prog and krautrock, post-rock/punk/hardcore. And we all love good honest pop. We’re a pop band as far as we’re concerned.
What are you plans for late 2010 and 2011?
To do a fairly extensive headline tour in the wake of the album in the autumn, we’re going to play a festival in The Seychelles too which will be bizarre! Hopefully we’ll get some time to write new stuff. Who knows what will 2011 will consist of but I bet they’ll some touring…!