REVIEW: Everyone Everywhere’s self-titled debut album

Photobucket “Classic 90s emo / indie rock / power pop style” is how they’d like for people to sense coming from Everyone Everywhere, a Philadelphia band that continues to show the endless creativity coming from the city and state. This album has been out for awhile (released on Tiny Engines), and only until now have I been able to take a good listen to it.

Verdict? Solid.

They immediate start out of the box raring to go, and they do not stop throughout the album’s 10 songs. They create an immediate feel of zest and victory, and makes you want to stand up on a chair and break it because it is your indie rock duty to do so. Then the singing comes in, and you may think “oh, kind of Robin Zander-ish, or maybe a different shade of Lemonheads yellow, and I also love the ambience of their music too. I think people want to say it sounds like the 90’s because there was a distinct sound of fun and optimism that had nothing to do with having a Broadway play. It had to do more with wanting to play music to fans who may feel the same way you did. Vocalist Brendan McHugh is not a screamer, but what he is able to do is bring out the kind of emotion and warmth that is rarely heard in a lot of mainstream rock.

In the early 90’s, bands were saying “this is what you pop guys are missing” and it was power pop that was a swift kick to the face. In 2010, it is still what pop people are missing, especially in songs like the “Raw Bar OBX 2002”, “Blown Up, Grown Up”, and the cleverly titled “Obama House, Fukui Prefecture”. It’s great to hear a younger band who understands the duty of not having to be duteous, or at least knowing that it’s about the now, and that tomorrow will eventually come. They could do indie rock/pop infinitely smarter than anyone else, but they also challenge themselves too without being too complex. Older listeners may also sense the freedoms once heard in bands like The Alarm and Let’s Active, it’s almost as if everyone is trying to find a way to bring back the innocence of the 80’s and 90’s before it gets clouded in myth and nostalgia. Hopefully music fans will not overlook the potential greatness these gentlemen are able to provide for everyone, and to themselves.

Oh, and in case you already have the album or have heard it, and wanted a closer look at the lady in the front of the band on the cover, here she is.


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