Everything Everything - Man Alive
The angular guitars, syncopated rhythms and dance floor stylings are all present on the debut from these Manchester based lads. Similarities to Futureheads, Vampire Weekend and Yeasayer are obvious but can be easily ignored as Everything Everything take a peculiar attack on the standard post-punk template and make it their own. This makes for a thoroughly enjoyable ride through a selection of quirky tunes, offbeat lyrics and unusual instrumental arrangements that reaches its highlight on the almost baroque-like madrigal of ‘Two for Nero'. The more traditional angular guitar driven ‘Suffragette Suffragette’ follows and has a chorus that is sure to feature in lists of embarrassingly misheard lyrics for years to come. Strangely the album closes with ‘Weights’ which, for older listeners, sounds like an outtake from that prog rock behemoth Tales From Topographic Oceans. That oddity aside, Man Alive delivers exactly what is sets out to and is a laudable debut for one of the UK's most promising new bands.