You, Me, And Everyone We Know
Some Things Don't Wash Out


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason EMERITUS
October 13th, 2010 | 39 replies | 9,685 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Now this is what I call fun music.

Imagine a scenario in which Max Bemis and Brendan Urie have a child together. They nurture and support him, until one day he approaches his fathers and asks, “Daddies, how do I make good music?” Now this child (whose name is Ben Liebsch) gets the answer you would expect from the frontman of Panic! At the Disco. “Son, you need to make your music sound as catchy and confident as possible.” Then, Max chimes in, “And it doesn’t hurt to sound like a conceited douche; self awareness and sex jokes will be what separates you from ***ty bands like…(awkward pause, shoots a tender look over at Brendan)…well, you know…” Little Ben takes this advice to heart, and as he grows up and surrounds himself with bandmates, you can see all of these characteristics coming into fruition. That is what You, Me, and Everyone We Know’s Some Things Don’t Wash Out sounds like.

You, Me, and Everyone We Know is self-described as being a cross between indie, rock, and power-pop. Their influences include the two aforementioned bands along with Joe Cocker, Andrew W.K., and He Is Legend. As you will find on Some Things Don’t Wash Out, this makes for a fast-paced, fun, and catchy sound. The vocal similarities of Liebsch to both Urie and Bemis come out in bursts, with the showtune-like aspects of Liebsch’s voice drawing comparisons to Urie’s on A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, while the gang vocals and half sung/half talked lyrics remind many of Say Anything’s Max Bemis. I place such an emphasis on Ben Liebsch because he is really what makes this album work. Throughout the record, he portrays something of an underdog attitude, singing about his struggles, concerns, and plans to overcome them. The nature of the lyrics is fueled by his narcisism, helping to make the music humorous instead of depressing and relatable as opposed to boring.

Instrumentally, You, Me, and Everyone We Know’s influence is not derived from any particular band, but that doesn’t make it groundbreaking either. For all intents and purposes, it is just simple, upbeat music to provide a fitting atmosphere for the sarcastic, carefree vocals. The opening song, “Shock and Awe” is both a prime example and a standout moment, with groovy guitars and bluesy vocals that would make it nearly impossible not to get hooked into the album. “I’m Losing Weight For You” is a light, bouncy one and a half minutes of fast power-pop chords and silly lyrics that really accentuate what this album is all about. The band does, however, branch out more than one might expect. The jazz-influenced, brass heavy “James Brown is Dead” sees them explore an orchestral side to their music. “A Little Bit More” is a song introduced by prolonged whistling, earning it status as one of the band’s most unique songs. The wonderful thing about moments like these is it doesn’t seem like they are trying to experiment; instead, it seems to just happen because they are having so much fun making music. That is a refreshing feeling for the listener – to hear a band enjoying what they do so much that they naturally want try new things – just for the hell of it. The constantly changing tempos and song structures once again serve to anchor the band’s identity as one that is angsty but loose, and up for just about anything. Instrumental/musical spontenaity proves to be equally important on Some Things Don’t Wash Out as Ben Liebsch’s voice, and the combination? Well it proves to be the single best thing in pop-punk since …Is a Real Boy.

Prepare to hear more and more about You, Me, and Everyone We Know in the coming years. After their debut Party for the Grown and Sexy laid the foundation, Some Things Don’t Wash Out sees the band pursuing that direction to a further extent, at times even mastering it. The similarities to Brendan Urie and especially Max Bemis make for some interesting comparisons, but this is by no means a copycat band; and the material they have produced for Some Things Don’t Wash Out is nothing short of triumphant. This is a bold, fun, and funny album that is worth a look from anyone who enjoys pop, punk, indie, rock, or any fusion of those four genres. Do it now, because tomorrow you, me, and everyone we know will probably be talking about them.



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SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

hovers between a 3.5 and a 4, i actually think a lot of you would like this

Gyromania
October 13th 2010



14646 Comments


Stop reviewing, you're making the rest of us look bad. But yeah, this sounds like fun, I might look into acquiring it. Pos'd.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks gyro! im going to take that as a compliment anyway

im not sure what a lot of people will think of this, but the members who are kind of pop, punk, alt rock leaning might really get into this

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2010



7007 Comments


LOL @ Gyro. Sowing, you're a machine. Here's hoping you get promoted.

Oh, and great review (duh). The opening and closing paragraphs are particularly good, and I learned lots from them.

Digging: Caleb McAlpine - All Things New

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

album is streaming in its entirety on the band's myspace:

http://www.myspace.com/youmeandeveryoneweknow


plane
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2010



6073 Comments


I thought this was going to be really bad but surprisingly decent. I used to love this band a lot when I was 14 and it's nice to see that some of the better tracks ("Living Th' Dream") have crossed over with maturity. Great work, Sow.

icallitvictory
October 13th 2010



77 Comments


Their last ep So Young, So Insane was reaaaally good. This is decent.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks planewreck, chambered! i haven't heard the EP, icallitvictory, but their 2 albums are pretty good

shinfojoe
October 13th 2010



271 Comments


I think I like so young, so insane better. but nonetheless, awesome review

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks man. wow, so much love for that EP i guess i have to check it out now

tiesthatbind
October 13th 2010



7360 Comments


Wow, you're just pumping these out. Not my thing but great review as always.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

thanks ties! yeah i don't know if this is your thing, but ya never know. they are pretty upbeat and interesting.

tiesthatbind
October 13th 2010



7360 Comments


I'm not a big pop-punk fan, but I'll YouTube a couple songs sometime.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 13th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

cool man...if you want the link to the album stream is up a few comments from here.

the first 2-3 songs will give you an idea if you like it, and they go by pretty quick

deathofasalesman
October 13th 2010



5743 Comments


Introduction was perfect! Drew me in well and now I really want to check this out. The ending was also pretty quirky. Definitely a great read!

Pos fosho.

tapitforever
October 13th 2010



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hmm gonna check this out. i really enjoyed the too young too sexy ep

tapitforever
October 13th 2010



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really liking this so far. his voice is really cool

cinaedus
October 13th 2010



26195 Comments


Sowing for contributor...

tapitforever
October 14th 2010



1243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh and by too young too sexy ep i definitely meant so young so insane ep haha. wow.

SowingSeason
Emeritus
October 14th 2010



14505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

just so you know i checked it out, it was pretty good. i liked it about as much as this.



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