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Single Review: Everything Everything – Kemosabe

 
By on Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

Everything Everything Kemosabe single cover2013 is shaping up to be a massive year not just for newer bands but also those that we have come to love on the strength of their debut albums. One such band is Everything Everything, who have already made available publicly their single ‘Cough Cough’, even though the actual release of the single doesn’t happen until the 14th of January. If they wanted to keep people’s anticipation up, they could have let this be the only thing from their new album ‘Arc’ to see the light of day until January. But no. They’re nice guys. They’d not do that to us. Instead, ladies and gentlemen, they’ve released both the audio and video for ‘Kemosabe’, and I will dissect for you now everything that is good – and indeed, amazing – about this new song.

For those of us who used to (and maybe still) watch ‘old’ television reruns, the word ‘Kemosabe’ has become synonymous with Tonto, the Native American sidekick and faithful friend of the Long Ranger. So initially, I’m thinking, okay, Everything Everything has written a song about the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger? What does that have to do with anything? However, as is the case with so many of the band’s songs, the lyrics are confusing and come at you like rapid fire, but with an oh so catchy rhythm. Going off of the combative nature of ‘Cough Cough’, I’d venture a guess that ‘Kemosabe’ is not trying to rekindle nostalgia for a beloved ’60s tv show but rather use the memory of this show and its relative innocence as stark contrast to the wars being waged in the 21st century.

The song begins with the words “four walls and a cauldron of Kalashnikovs” (assault rifles), and you’re eventually led to “the border” where the protagonist is struggling with an internal battle, until the sobering lines, “but does it feel like you’re already dead? / and do you feel like your brain stopped delivering? / yeah, break my finger, shoot out my black eyes / what does it matter if everyone dies?” This sounds like the thinking of someone who’s already been through a war and is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I have the impression that people in the military have to undergo a certain level of brainwashing in order to truly believe in and carry out the missions they do. How else can you justify the killing of another human being?

The chorus in ‘Kemosabe’ sound happy but they’re far from it…right? Someone is calling his faithful friend and telling him he’s alone. But what has happened? Has he done what he thought was “right” and killed all of the enemy? The Lone Ranger’s memory gets called in a couple times, for a few errant “hi-o Silver, away!” moments, but I don’t think that’s what you’re supposed to be focusing on as the listener. Senseless killing and senseless death, two topics that are especially hard to swallow or even begin to talk about in wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre last week in Connecticut, aren’t exactly usual pop topics, yet the Manchester-based foursome are yet challenging convention. Even the video, which shows the band performing in a leafy forest, is kind of odd too: there’s one man doing physical stunts on the forest floor. Alone.

What has always impressed me about Everything Everything is how tight their songs sound; it’s like the four of them have become one body, and subconsciously each band member can react to and/or compensate for another. I didn’t think this was possible live, but I was proven wrong last year when they were forced to go acoustic. In ‘Kemosabe’, with all its background shouts, percussive elements and thudding bass, we’re being shown again how smooth a machine Everything Everything is. It honestly sounds like something from another world in its cleanness, and each time you listen, there is something else you discover that makes it all the more unique.

When a song follows you around – and I mean everywhere: the grocery store, the shower, even when you’re in bed, desperately trying to get some shut eye – and every time you think about it, you get a smile on your face, you know you have stumbled onto something good. I don’t expect ‘Arc’ to ape ‘Man Alive’ in any way, and of course I have no idea if they’ve gone and bettered the debut album. At the same time though, I’m not worried at all. These guys have got it in the bag. This single is for those who like to think…and for those who’d rather not think, it’s got a funky as hell rhythm that will remain an earworm for months to come.

9/10

‘Kemosabe’, the second single from Everything Everything’s forthcoming album ‘Arc’, will be released on the 14th of January 2013 on RCA Victor. A little confusingly, the release of ‘Arc’, the hotly anticipated follow-up to the 2010 Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Man Alive’, will be released on the same exact day. The band are on tour in the UK in February. Watch the video for and listen to the Com Truise remix of the single below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKKMfJ8cZoQ[/youtube]

 

Fenech-Soler / February 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 8:00 pm
 

Fenech-Soler – coming in at #6 on the 10 for 2013 poll – have announced a short tour of the UK for the end of February 2013. Tickets are on sale now (London is already sold out, selling out in a mere 15 minutes). Listen to the Waifs and Strays remix of ‘All I Know’, their epic, epic single reviewed here, below after the tour dates.

Monday 25th February 2013 – London Birthdays (sold out)
Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Wednesday 27th February 2013 – Glasgow Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
Thursday 28th February 2013 – Nottingham Bodega

 

MP3(s) of the Day #245: The Wombats

 
By on Tuesday, 5th October 2010 at 10:00 am
 

A few weeks back, we featured the Wombats‘ fantastic new single, ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’ as our Video of the Moment. And now we’re thrilled to be able to be able to offer you two great remixes of the track.  The first is by Leeds DJ Grum, and the second is by LA band Superhumanoids. Have a listen and download below!

MP3: The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) – Grum remix
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MP3: The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) – Superhumanoids remix
[audio:https://www.theregoesthefear.com/uploads/2010/10/Tokyo-Superhumanoids-mix-WOMBATS.mp3]

The Wombats will be touring the UK and Ireland next January. See our ticket alert for more information.

 

MP3 of the Day #13: Royksopp – Holy Fuck Remix

 
By on Monday, 2nd March 2009 at 10:00 am
 

We seem to go through stages here at TGTF of raving about some amazing bands. At the moment (as you may have guessed) we’re raving about two bands: Röyksopp and One eskimO.

Today we’ve got a “re-interpretation” of Röyksopp’s forthcoming new single, “Happy Up Here” by Toronto experimental guys Holy Fuck. For some reason I thought they were hardcore punks, but turns out I love their stuff on their myspace – really quite good, and this re-interpretation is pretty fab too. Download and enjoy!

MP3: Royksopp’s Happy up Here, re-interpreted by Holy Fuck

 

MP3 of the Day #11: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy remix

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 10:00 am
 

Our inbox has had distinctly fewer MP3s in it of late, so if you’re in a band, or work for a PR company do feel free to send us an MP3 or three our way – phil@tgtf.net is the address.

Today, we’ve got something that’s been floating around the blogosphere yesterday and is pretty amazing. Normally remixes have to be *amazing* to get coverage on TGTF, but this one is worth it. They take Skeleton Boy (from the amazing Friendly Fires, who we love), and make it sound like it’s sung up on a cloud. Sound slightly crazy? Probably. Take a listen and love.

MP3: Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

 

Daily Roundup: Sunday 15th February 2009

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 5:58 pm
 

Busy times at the moment, lots of irons in the fire, lots of stuff coming up.

First up, you’ve probably heard about The Maccabees (pictured top) return, thanks to all the exposure they’ve been having on the likes of Radio 1 and XFM recently. I quite liked their debut, Colour It In, with its interesting tales – a sort of poor man’s Wombats. They’ve made a free download available, No Kind Words, however I must admit that I really really dislike it from what I hear. It’s boring, it’s repetitive and most of all, it’s just plain dreary.

MP3: The Maccabees – No Kind Words

Jamie T (side)Following on from the Maccabees, Jamie T (pictured right) has made a new track available on his Myspace page. It’s only a demo, called “Fire Fire”, however after the aceness of “Sheila” and “Calm Down Dearest” it’s a bit of a let down – overly distorted, and, well, just not that great. Still, it is only a demo, so it might get better.

On the happier end of things, Winston over at Winston’s Zen interviewed The Rifles’ Joel Stoker the other day, and is giving his readers the chance to win one of three copies of The Rifles’ amazing new album. Pop over there before Tuesday to enter and hopefully win!

We’ve mentioned Esser before here at TGTF, however we’ve never really listened to his tunes before. Just been sent a remix of his new single, Work It Out (video below), and it sounds amazing. Download and enjoy.

MP3: Esser – Work it Out (A1 Bassline Remix)

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76bJTsuZv48]

 
 
 

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