Everything Everything - Cough Cough

‘Cough Cough’ marks the return of alt.pop chameleons Everything Everything. As he’s wheeled off to the mental asylum, Andrew Backhouse begs that you don’t listen to it.

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So you’re into Everything Everything right? Heard they’re back with a new single? Come to DIY to hear it first?

If, like me, you enjoyed their 2010 debut ‘Man Alive’, don’t listen to it. Retain the memory you had of the younger Everything Everything, clueless as to who would sit on your fence and face when they weren’t there.

‘Well why should I not listen to the new Everything Everything single?’, I hear you cry.

I’ll tell you why: because it’s too good.

Even by their own standards, ‘Cough Cough’ is dangerously good. So dangerously good in fact all the money we ever spent on buying records and songs on iTunes, we discover, has been a waste.

Since the astronomical success of their clever debut ‘Man Alive’ two years have passed. Where have they been? Well this is Everything Everything we’re talking about – one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking bands around. They haven’t been idle.

They’ve been borrowing Elbow’s recording space and touring with Snow Patrol and Interpol, playing big shows to the masses across the world. On first listen to ‘Cough Cough, it’s blatant they’re are taking the natural evolution from the idea-packed ‘Man Alive’ and going all-out anthemic.

Today, as we’ve come to expect from them, they went and exceeded our expectations. But what about the future? Everything Everything have been off the map for two years, but they didn’t spend two years just making one song. Something else is coming…

Right now Everything Everything stand at a crossroads: their second album will be called ‘Arc’ and either they’ll voyage into brave, new, uncharted territory, or (more likely, going by this new single and their signing to Sony) become the chart-bothering megastars they deserve to be.

All we know for certain is one thing: Everything Everything are back - and it’s big!

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