With a UK festival exclusive in the shape of The Prodigy headlining the Sunday night plus the likes of Paul Weller, The Libertines and Brian Wilson, Victorious has once again gone big on its star attractions this year but a glance down the list of acts playing this summer highlights the sheer strength in depth of performers this edition is boasting. One such act that I’m very excited to catch again is Everything Everything who play on the Sunday of the festival.
Forming in 2008 the Manchester based foursome have released 4 albums to date including their Mercury Music Prize nominated debut Main Alive and 2017’s critically acclaimed A Fever Dream which, a decade later, has recently garnered another Mercury nomination.
The band are no strangers to Pompey having played sold out shows at both The Wedgewood Rooms and The Pyramids in recent years – and in fact, bassist Jeremy Pritchard was actually born in the city – though the first time I caught them live was playing Brixton Academy as part of an NME new bands tour where I was immediately blown away by their stage presence. Songs like ‘Qwerty Finger’ and ‘Schoolin’ both offered a disjointed soulfulness which has carried onto their later work. Lead singer Jonathan Higgs’ vocals seem to soar in range throughout most of their songs and his falsetto delivery is certainly a defining aspect of the ‘Everything Everything sound’. Higg’s lyrics are also beautifully absurd yet create powerfully intelligent and evocative narratives. Add to this some suitably squelchy electronics, inventive drum rhythms and an ear for a pop chorus and it adds up to one of Britain’s most interesting, risk taking and forward thinking bands.
I’m a big fan of their second album Arc – which like their debut was also critically lauded – and includes ‘Don’t Try’ which for me is one of their best tracks and a recommended starting point for anyone unfamiliar with the band.