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Everything Everything - Institute, Birmingham - October 18 2013 (Live Review)

Thursday, 24 October 2013 Written by Emma Dodds

It’s always an exciting time when a band embarks on a tour that will become known as The One Just Before They Got Massively Famous.

Everything Everything have been together, in modern terms, for a while. After certain paths crossed at Salford University, they started out in late 2007 and released a few singles until their debut full-length, ‘Man Alive’, hit shelves in 2010.

The record put them on the prestigious BBC ‘Sound Of’ list that year and since then they’ve toured with Snow Patrol and Muse, released a massive second album, ‘Arc’, and generally made a neat little space for themselves among the middleweights of the indie set. They shouldn’t bother getting too comfortable though.

Striding on stage at Birmingham's Institute, they open with Undrowned and its eerie riffs before kicking things up to speed with QWERTY Finger. MY KZ, UR BF is rolled out third, and, well, it’s just an absolute banger, isn’t it? Interesting both musically and rhythmically, it takes on new life in a live setting.

While a forgettable Choice Mountain slowed the momentum, Duet was perfectly executed, harmonies and all. And that bit at the end where they go crazy? It was beautiful. Justice was again perfectly delivered and offered a rare chance, taken up by many, to join in with all the 14-year-olds and shamelessly jump around.

With leftover energy swirling about the place, NASA Is On Your Side proved something of a downer, but Schoolin’ set the record straight with strobe lights accompanying the song’s guitar riff. Tin (The Manhole) and The Peaks introduced a moving, emotional air for the first time, before Suffragette Suffragette and Photoshop Handsome brought the 14-year-olds back into the frame.

Having left the stage following Don’t Try - a treat live - the band returned to run through Radiant and an anthemic Cough Cough before Weights closes proceedings with a slight whimper after the heights scaled just previously. But when are Everything Everything ever ones to go with the predictable option?

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