Everything Everything: 'The last wave of British indie music was quite knuckleheaded'

Jeremy Pritchard says that bands such as themselves and Alt-J have benefited from 'sea change'

Everything Everything: 'The last wave of British indie music was quite knuckleheaded'

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Everything Everything's Jeremy Pritchard has claimed that there has been a "sea change" in the type of British guitar music played on the radio.

Speaking to the Sun after their second album 'Arc' became a Top 5 hit, the bassist said that bands such as themselves and Alt-J wouldn't have been played on Radio 1 five years ago - and said that there was a new crop of bands who were more "esoteric" than the previous "knuckleheaded" wave of British guitar groups.

"I heard in interview with Stephen Street - who produced albums by the likes of Blur and The Smiths - and he was saying the 80s and early 90s were great because you had weird bands making art records, such as Orange Juice, The Smiths, Depeche Mode and Kraftwerk," he said. "They were in the Top 10, competing with Madonna records.

"When 'Arc' went in at Number Five, we saw our name in the rundown with Calvin Harris, Rihanna, Les Mis, all that stuff. We thought, 'Well maybe we're part of that little lineage,'" he added. "Five years ago, you wouldn't have had a band like Alt-J or us all over radio."

He then said:

There’s been a sea change at Radio 1, for instance, that reflects the new epoch in music. It’s made by people who grew up on Radiohead and slightly more esoteric stuff than the last wave of British indie music, which was quite knuckleheaded.


Everything Everything are currently halfway through a tour of the UK, and are set to play the following dates:

Sheffield Leadmill (16)
Liverpool 02 Academy 2 (17)
Dublin Whelans (18)
Glasgow Oran Mor (20)
Newcastle 02 Academy 2 (21)
Manchester 02 Academy 2 (22)


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