Interview: Everything But The Everything

Everything But The Everything are a rock project with a garage rock sound, as displayed in their track, Jump, which we reviewed a couple of months ago. You can find out more about them below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Jump, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

The song was part of my second EP, Rock N Roll Is A Feeling, and is special to me to play music with Daniel Lannon aka Vacances once again. We played in The Frail together and it was great to reconnect.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic was a boon to improving as a songwriter/musician because I had no job and thus spent all my time on music. Being in the studio was crucial to melting hours away. Without the time spent in the studio, the day seemed to last forever. Nothing to do, nowhere to go… Mentally, it was truly a saving grace. Also other musicians were available to allow the possibility of a collaboration. These individuals would otherwise be touring or be heavily involved with their own projects.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes! Our new song Never Said featuring Sophia Prise has already been recorded and is waiting in the wings.

An album was released at the end of last year, titled A & B Sides Vol 1. What can you tell us about the album?

I had reached out to Adam about a collaboration. I sent him a bunch of bass demos and one song that I thought was pretty complete. He took on the mostly completed song which became Open Your Mind, and simultaneously sent vocals and a synth to what became We Want More. That track came together so quickly that all of a sudden, I was sitting with two great tracks. I’ve had this idea of doing a dual single release and took this as my opportunity.

Adam Brookes also collaborated on the album. How did that come about and would you like to work with others in a similar way in the future?

Adam and Oliva Barchard are friends. Olivia and I recorded Blue Sun and Adam shared the song on his social media. When he shared it I got that ‘a-ha’ moment of ‘I should totally ask Adam for a collaboration’ and he agreed. I can’t sing very well so asking singers to contribute is vital. Plus, I like this collaboration thing we got going on. I think it ensures that we are different while still having a signature sound.

Have you started writing for another EP or an album? Will there be an A & B Sides Vol 2?

I have a bunch of songs stockpiled that are at various stages. After Sophia’s Song, which should drop around October, we might wait till the new year for another release or sneak one in late Dec. Just depends on how the next batch of songs come together at that time.

Your music seems to have a few different influences with it, including post-punk, indie rock and the 80s scene. What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

I listen to all kinds of stuff but do lean more into indie electro. I wish I could write music like Phantogram, Royskopp, Cannons, but what comes out instead is a mix of Billy Idol, Depeche Mode and the Cure. Cannon’s song Bad Dream has been on repeat in my Spotify for at least 6 months.

You’re based in Oakland, California. What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

There is a vibrant punk scene here and also a bit of dark metal/death/rock. In San Francisco it seems to be a little more shoegaze, indie, folk but when you cross that bridge it gets heavy. Rancid has been a bit of an inspiration lately.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We played our first show and I’ve been trying to get another one booked but have been a little lazy about it. I need to get it in gear.

Any last words for the fans.

Thank you for listening! We appreciate every stream, every add, every share on social media. Thank you so much.