Everybody Else
Everybody Else


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF
April 8th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If nothing else, Everybody Else is a record that musicians are bound to love, whatever’s on the radio at the time.

“I remember you, so remember me, as I was back then, in my ripped blue jeans.”

Sounds like a quote from a River Phoenix movie, right?

This comma-happy quote is taken from the chorus of LA power trio Everybody Else’s ‘In Memoriam.’ It neatly sums up the band’s ethos: simplistic, easily relatable and melodic to fuck. Everybody Else do the simple thing better than almost anybody- that is to say they’re far more intricate than you’ll ever realise- and as if to prove the point, they named themselves after a Kinks b-side, ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ (backing ‘Sunny Afternoon.) And though Everybody Else could never be accused of anything like unrestrained innovation, with impeccable tastes ranging from the classic 60s pop of Ray Davies and The Beatles through Motown and Stax to power pop giants The Raspberries and The Romantics, they’re not afraid of putting themselves up against lofty opposition- the loftiest, even.

The band’s main selling point, as with any good pop band, is their sense of melody, and the arrangements are designed to exploit that. The songs are instrumentally sparse, and interesting textures are preferred to individual flourishes. All three members of the band sing; frontman Carrick Moore Gerety (literally “Big Rock” Gerety - how perfect a name is that? Sounds like he missed the Dead Boys auditions to spend the morning passed out on a railway line or something) has a boyish, soul-infused voice that’s reminiscent of Butch Walker or a young Paul McCartney doing Little Richard (check out the ‘Long Tall Sally’-like rasp on ‘Meat Market’). Bassist Austin Williams and drummer Mikey McCormack add harmonies throughout, from Beatles-like violining effect in ‘Rich Girls, Poor Girls,’ Beach Boys-style falsetto harmonies in the same song, and the three-part doo-wop bassline from ‘Makeup.’

‘Meat Market’ is the energetic opener, setting the pace for the album with a laid-back hand-clap beat and playfully misogynistic lyrics. Recalling early Marvelous 3, Gerety shouts, “Instead of falling in love like that, you should be knocking on my heart,” adding, after he’s made his case, “so what’s your number, little girl?” ‘Born To Do’ and ‘I Gotta Run’ carry shades of Phantom Planet and Matchbox 20 respectively, but the majority of the tracks are backward-looking in their influences. ‘Makeup’ borrows the “do do do” line from Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wildside’ and recasts it as the lead in a Motown musical about teenage insecurity and closing ballad ‘Alone In The World’ references U2 as it lifts the bassline from the Spencer Davis Group’s ‘Gimme Some Lovin’.’ ‘Rich Girls, Poor Girls’ showcases Gerety’s slack-jawed Elvis Costello impersonation to great effect, singing, “rich girls, poor girls, I just can’t decide!” and the brilliant tempo-shifting ballad ‘In Memoriam’ captures the feel of the early power-pop groups through gratuitous use of reverb and elegant cymbal-rolls.

Everybody Else is everything a good pop record should be. Understated and cleverly produced, it’s stripped of all excess ornamentation, allowing the melodies and the songwriting to do the talking. So if nothing else, Everybody Else is a record that musicians are bound to love, whatever’s on the radio at the time.



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trustxdialect
April 8th 2007


1502 Comments


You always end up reviewing albums I become smitten by, so I assume I'll love this just as well. I put 'In Memoriam' on while reading this and the first thing I thought 'this sounds like Butch Walker' (way to back up that claim).

Happy 100th. Pos'd. I shall look into getting this soon enough.

thatguy84
April 8th 2007


214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I almost bought this album a few times, Meat Market is a great song.

Good review, I might reconsider getting this.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2007


2690 Comments


Century mark! (h5)

metallicaman8
April 8th 2007


4677 Comments


Great review. I listened to the first song up there. It was good.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2007


2690 Comments


It's true - the vocalist reminds me of a hybrid of Butch Walker and Max Collins.

Abaddon2005
April 9th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Those two tracks sound like a better version of the Plain White T's.

trustxdialect
April 9th 2007


1502 Comments


That's a horrible comparison.

edit/ I can't find this anywhere.This Message Edited On 04.09.07

Abaddon2005
April 9th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's a horrible comparison.

Why's that? apart from the vocals they seem to have a lot in common.

trustxdialect
April 9th 2007


1502 Comments


impeccable tastes ranging from the classic 60s pop of Ray Davies and The Beatles through Motown and Stax to power pop giants The Raspberries and The Romantics

Everybody Else.

Plain White T's is just more of the average pop rock bands out right now that don't have any real talent or differentiate themselves out of the pack. Sure, they might reflect the bands Everybody Else is compared with, but it hardly stands up for long with their lack of passion and talent. And most of the songs on their albums sounds just like the other, so you could just compare Plain White T's with themselves and call it a day.

Abaddon2005
April 9th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well yeah, which is why I said it sounded like a better version, at least of their last album. I'm not sure what you've heard of All That We Needed, but that was a good album.This Message Edited On 04.09.07This Message Edited On 04.09.07

trustxdialect
April 9th 2007


1502 Comments


Everything they've done is generic. All That We Needed (I own it and rated it) is 2.5 at best.

Abaddon2005
April 9th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, I agree that it's not original, but I do like it/think it's well executed. But yeah, I can see where you're coming from now.

Abaddon2005
April 10th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn this is good. This is all I've been listening to from my way to school and back.

SO WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER LITTLE GIIiIIiIiIiIRL

edit: the bass tone is weird though, or is that me? :/This Message Edited On 04.10.07

Abaddon2005
April 10th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, like that. I think it might have sounded better if they hadn't done that, you?

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is okay.

Abaddon2005
April 11th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just found out that the singer/guitarist was in the Push Kings, I still need to get their albums, supposedly even better than this.:eek:

trustxdialect
April 11th 2007


1502 Comments


Pleasantly surprised by this. Not as good as I was hoping, but still great.

thatguy84
April 15th 2007


214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woot, finally got a hold of it. It's good, the frist 5 songs and "Without You" seem to outdo the rest, as they tend to get a bit repetitive.

Abaddon2005
April 19th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dunno. I really wore this out but I can't say I got tired of it. I'll up this to a 4.



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