Everything Everything + Stealing Sheep @ o2 Academy, 14th November 2015

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Continuing  our coverage of the more left-field Indie and Pop, and  after our review of Dutch Uncles at Hare and Hounds, Brumlives’s Chris Bowley captured Everything Everything supported by Stealing Sheep at the 02 Academy. Follow a string of sold-out low-key comeback shows the band embarked on a major tour this autumn to promote their third album Get To Heaven.

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With an audience apparently in tune with the more avant garde it was strange that Stealing Sheep’s homespun electronic didn’t really set them on fire.

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The crowd only came to life halfway through the set with a few sporadic hand claps and cheers. Perhaps the lycra put them off.

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Like Dutch Uncles and fellow experimenters such as  Wild Beasts, Outfit or Field Music, Everything Everything seem intent on bringing a level of ambition and a new approach into pop, in the face of an increasingly bland and uniform musical landscape.

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The performance this evening was no exception with songs such as To The Blade and No Reptiles seeing the band strive to evolve still further, pushing and pulling themselves into different sounds and shapes from before. The crowd wouldn’t let the  final song Spring / Sun / Winter / Dread end singing  “I don’t want to get older (No way, no way)” louder and louder until the band returned for their encore.

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In the wake of the previous evening’s events in Paris the band were keen to show their solidarity. After a storming set they were cheered back onto the stage to a backdrop light show of the French tricolor and the final song was well chosen and a solid, captivating and heart felt performance of  Distant Past, dedicated to the victims of the cowardly attacks in Paris at the Bataclan the previous evening.

 

 

Word and photographs: Chris Bowley

 

 

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