Band perform new songs and fan favourites at Heaven gig
Everything Everything played to a sold-out Heaven, London, on Wednesday night as this year’s NME Awards Shows continued.
Onstage for just over an hour, the Manchester four-piece played much of their current album Arc, which last month entered the UK album chart at Number Five. A keen audience was familiar with recent material, singing along to album track ‘Torso Of The Week’ as well as last year’s single ‘Cough Cough’.
Another highlight from Arc was ‘Duet’, featuring sequenced violins and due for release as a single next month. On a bare stage and swathed in blue light, the band began the set in an undemonstrative manner, though singer Jonathan Higgs opened up as the night progressed. He introduced ‘Schoolin’’ and ‘Photoshop Handsome’, crowd favourites from 2010 debut album ‘Man Alive’, by saying, “We’re gonna play some party tunes now.”
Higgs, who played keyboards in the group’s earlier days, spent the night either on guitar or holding a mic, displaying some jack-knife dance moves to match his twitchy falsetto. He also pounded a bass drum on both ‘Cough Cough’ and closing number ‘Don’t Try’, which completed an encore of ‘My Kz, Ur Bf’, ‘The House Is Dust’ and ‘Radiant’.
Jonathan Rogers, from Bromley, was just one impressed fan. “When you hear the record you wonder how they can replicate that live, but they managed it with a lot of energy. I was blown away. And [Higgs] is quite humble – a lot of bands are up themselves before they get anywhere, but not him.”
Everything Everything played:
‘Torso Of The Week’
‘My Kz, Ur Bf’
‘House Is Dust’
The NME Awards Shows continue tonight (February 14) with Kodaline performing at Dingwalls in Camden.
The NME Awards shows are as follows:
Kodaline – Dingwalls (February 14)
Exclamation Pony – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen (19)
Doldrums – Corsica Studios (20)
Savages – Electric Ballroom (21)
Tim Burgess – Birthdays (21)
The Cribs – O2 Academy Brixton (22)
Fiction – Electrowerkz (25)
Fidlar – The Garage (25)
Jagwar Ma – Birthdays (26)