Everything Everything: ‘Our songs went from sounding like Ant & Dec to The Smiths’ – video

Band talk NME through their debut album 'Man Alive'

Everything Everything admitted their debut album went through some unlikely styles as they recorded, even sounding like The Smiths and Ant & Dec.

Speaking to NME in a track-by-track video guide to ‘Man Alive’, which you can watch now, the Manchester group spoke about the strange genesis of their song ‘Photoshop Handsome’.

“It started off really slow, like a New Jack swing thing,” explained frontman Jonathan Higgs. “That was sped up by the [rest of the] band.”

Bassist Jeremy Pritchard added that the song then took several twists: “It was a bit like Ant & Dec and then it was The Smiths and then it became what it is now. It’s been through a lot of different guises.”

The band also joked that, with the song boasting a simple four to the floor drum beat, they weren’t making the most of drummer Michael Spearman‘s talents.

“When we’re playing it live I sometimes turn around and look at Mikey,” explained Higgs. “He’s an amazing jazz drummer and he’s reduced to this!”

Watch part one of the track-by-track on the right and part two below now.