Written by Rahoul Naik
Manchester-based four-piece Everything Everything return with a brand new single Can’t Do. It’s the first to be taken from their forthcoming new album, A Fever Dream, which has been produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Depeche Mode).
Can’t Do reaffirms this brilliant band’s endless creative journey, their ability to incorporate myriad ideas within the length of a pop song, whilst feeling coherent and now more direct than ever before. Synth bursts introduce the song before Jonathan Higgs’s unique vocal kicks in. Backing vocals and a driving bassline push the song to its chorus, which breaks into euphoria. It’s an utterly captivating return.
Of the new single, singer Jonathan Higgs says “Can’t Do, is about trying to bend to the world and fit into it. Nobody is normal, nobody knows what normal is. ‘I can’t do the thing you want’ – we don’t care we just want you to dance.”
The the official video, was directed by Holly Blakey, who the band became big fans of from her previous work. Jonathan Higgs explains “We came to Holly with the idea of mutants dancing in a sewer but over time this became masked weirdos dancing in a kind of lava palace. She really wanted a sense of naughtiness and humor to shine through which definitely came out well. I see the video as a window onto freaks and outcasts, those who can’t fit in, “can’t do” what the world wants them to do, and the masks are them trying to fit in, but you’d have to ask Holly why they ended up in the centre of the earth!”
A Fever Dream is the band’s fourth album. It’s the follow up to the critically-lauded Top 10 album Get To Heaven, an album that can now be seen to have been incredibly prescient given the current state of the world. It was their third consecutive Top 10 album, after LPs Man Alive, and Arc.
Watch the video for Can’t Do below.