We chatted with Jeremy Pritchard and Alex Robertshaw of Everything Everything at Standon Calling, and discussed their favourite bands of new and old, from math jazz to the Bee Gees.
This isn’t your first time at Standon Calling, what do you think of it as a festival?
Jeremy: Well I have very fond memories of being here last time, ‘cause it was our first one, playing to nobody. I’ve had a little wander around today, it’s a really nice mix of people as well – lots of kids here, teens and twenties, lots of mums and dads as well. Festivals are much more across the board now I think, this is a good one for that.
Have you been able to see anyone today?
J: Not yet, but I do want to see Blossoms, and maybe Jess Glynne later as well.
Alex: Side stage for Natty was great.
Joel: You’ve got an hour slot and 3 albums, what can we expect from the set?
J: Most of the new album, all the songs people may or may not know.
A: A lot of it is the new record, generally just singles – it’s the power hour.
J: It’s quite gratifying actually, just to play the most basic material – not the most basic but the best known at festivals, and it always reacts best when we do. It leaves the other material for our own tours when we’ve got a bit more lighting and whatever – but equally it’s fun just to do an hour of party tunes as well.
Your last album was so well received, a lot of people love the singles.
J: Yeah, I think the recent singles from that album seem to go down incredibly well at festivals, it’ll be enjoyable.
What kind of bands are you currently listening to?
A: I’m listening to a lot of dance music, there’s a guy called Mr Fingers, late 80s – his album called Amnesia
J: And the new Aphex Twin.
A: There’s a lot of great bands about. Whilst we were in America recently we were listening to a lot by a band called Reptar, who are an American band and they’re really interesting.
J: I’ve been really into a band that Alex got me into, actually, called Dawn of Midi, just really really academic math jazz – it’s strictly for the heads! I put it on at home and my girlfriend was like ‘This is awful’, and I was like ‘No this is amazing!’ A minute and a half of just [midi drum beat clapping]. So good.
If there was one musical decade you could go back to, would it be 80s?
A: I think late 80s, early 90s – but be older than I was.
J: When we were kids in the 90s, the 80s was impossibly uncool. Now I look at it and think it was a really rich period. 70s again is a massively rich period… All decades are as good as each other, if you look below the surface there’s always great music, all the time. It just takes a while for it to distill itself.
Is there an old band that you’d love to see live that aren’t around anymore?
J: The Beatles, Nirvana – all the obvious ones really.
A: Frank Zappa.
What’s an album you wish you’d written?
J: Hmmm… there are so many! All of our favourites, I guess. The nice thing about being in a band and enjoying it is that you feel quite satisfied by that…
A: Queen, Greatest Hits No.2
J: Greatest Hits No.1 is the one!
Yeah, go for Thriller or something – get the money in!
J: Yeah, that would be quite lucrative…
If you could pick your dream festival bill, who would be on it?
J: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Nirvana –
J: Dawn of Midi, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin.
A: John Hopkins, Everything Everything…
Joel: Where do you place yourselves on the bill?
J: We would fuck up the change over, and get the red card, basically. We wouldn’t actually play.
A: We’re the stage crew!
What’s a band that people might not expect you to like?
J: John loves 10cc – although he says he loves 10cc, but actually –
A: He loves the Bee Gees. Some of the really old stuff as well.
J: Not well known stuff, he likes 80s Bee Gees. I still find that unexpected. But I think we’ve set out our stall in quite a broad way, so I don’t think anyone’s ever that surprised by us.
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By Ellie Koepke – (@)