On Friday, March 18th I sat down with Jeremy Pritchard and Michael Spearman of Everything Everything to discuss love, music, and the upcoming US Tour. Michael was still a little ill from the day before so Jeremy Pritchard did most of the talking.
Jess: Love has been an overall theme of the day. What do you love about music?
Jeremy: I owe music a great deal. It’s given me a reason and something by which to identify myself from a very young age, and it’s an excellent kind of emotional expression and elevation. I can’t imagine life without it.
Jess: What do you love most about the new album?
Jeremy: I think we feel very comfortable with ourselves on it. We don’t make any apologies, and it’s an intense flavor we are confident enough to put out. Before the new album, we were maybe slightly not quite sure what we were aiming at, and we wanted to balance the darkness of the lyrics with bright pop music.
Jess: What can you tell me about your live show?
Jeremy: We are playing almost exclusively stuff from the new album and about three songs from the second album on our set list tonight. Any band wants to play its newest record, but we are wary of that indulgence, so we try to play older stuff to vary it, but we are also at a point where the new record is the most popular. We are lucky to be in that position for the time being.
Jeremy: We made a record that was informed by playing live. We toured Arc so much it’s, introspective, headphoney and personal and it doesn’t transfer to those big communal experience well. So we wanted to have something that would stand up 100% in the live environment.
Jess: With an upcoming tour of the US, what cities are you most excited to visit?
Jeremy: We are excited about all cities; this is the unknown for most of us, and we’ve never been to these places. We are on the road, and will get to spend a little time in each place. Being on the road is the romance of North America for us.
I checked out the bands show at Hype Hotel the next day during SXSW and lost my mind. Immediately after that show, I booked my flight to see the band again in Seattle, WA. If you happen to be in or near any of the bands tour stops I highly recommend going for the live experience. For a complete list of tour dates see below.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
03/28 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA*
03/29 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA*
03/30 – GAMH – San Francisco, CA*
04/01 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*
04/02 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA*
04/05 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
04/06 – Double Door – Chicago, IL*
04/07 – Mission Creek – Iowa City, IA*
04/08 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN*
04/10 – Mr Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA*
04/12 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA*
04/13 – 930 Club – Washington, DC*
04/14 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY*
04/15 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA*
*supporting The Joy Formidable