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Unlocked: Listen to a Spotify playlist from Everyone Everywhere

Between the time of their their 2010 debut, and its followup that released this week, the four guys in Everyone Everywhere massively expanded their music listening habits. In my Unlocked interview with the band yesterday, bassist Matt Scottoline talked about these new musical fixations, and the impact they had on they had on the sound of the new record. I asked the band to elaborate, and they did so with a Spotify playlist, which you can listen to in the player below.

Everyone Everywhere (2012) is the featured album in this edition of Unlocked; hear the spotlighted single “Queen Mary II” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review; watch the “Queen Mary II” video in Wednesday’s post, read my interview with the band from yesterday. And stay tuned to The Key for future album spotlights on Unlocked.

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Unlocked: Everyone Everywhere on existentialism, finance and making a great punk record

Everyone EverywhereThis week on Unlocked, we’re featuring the latest full-length record from Philly indie / emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Like its previous release, this album is self titled, and the band built some buzz for it earlier this summer by selling vinyl copies in a name-your-own-price presale and making a music video that featured barely any music. There’s a lot of absurdity in Everyone Everywhere, but also a lot of serious thought, and I sat down with singer-guitarist Brendan McHugh, bassist Matt Scottoline and drummer Brendan Graham to get to the bottom of it.

The Key: The record is out and it’s your first new music in a couple years. So it kind of
took me by surprise when the first piece of press you had from it is not necessarily about the
music per se, but about your business / marketing acumen, that piece in Forbes. Were you surprised when they approached you for that?

MATT SCOTTOLINE: Kind of. The journalist is a freelancer, and had written a review of our last record. And he just happened to now be employed by Forbes, so it kind of worked out.

BRENDAN MCHUGH: It wasn’t totally out of the blue, he knew our band.

BRENDAN GRAHAM: And the way we released the new album tied into his new gig.

TK: Do you feel like that article led to any kind of notice of Everyone Everywhere that may not have happened otherwise?

BM: Some. My uncle shared it with some of his friends where he wouldn’t normally, because it’s Forbes or something. It made them scratch their heads and think a little more about our band as an entity. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Watch Everyone Everywhere’s anti-music-video for “Queen Mary II”

When I reviewed their new self-titled full-length yesterday, I talked about the serious, sobering undertones of the latest batch of songs from Philly indie / emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. But as fans of the band well know, these are four irreverent, ridiculous dudes when they’re onstage, on Facebook; pretty much everywhere outside of the lyrical world of their songs. The music video for “Queen Mary II” is a total blast to watch, so much that it’s easy to overlook that it barely features the actual song. Check it out below.

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Unlocked: The Key’s review of Everyone Everywhere (2012)

When Everyone Everywhere emerged from the Philly emo / punk scene in 2010, it was concerned more with the smaller things. Its self-titled debut featured a “Tiny” suite (“Tiny Planet,” “Tiny Town,” etc.), where songs addressed topics like lovelorn ennui and whose apartment they were next crashing at. Compare those themes to the practically philosophical declaration that concludes its current album – also self-titled – in the song “Wild Life”: “I wanna go, I wanna know and understand the basic concept of human completeness.”

That’s not to say these four guys have all of a sudden gone bookish (although they do somehow make a catchy refrain out of “bicameral progress, dichotomous” and other words I still need to look up). But there is an obvious and exciting degree of growth, both sonic and lyrical, in their latest offering. With speedy, askew guitar lines reminiscent of The Dismemberment Plan, Everyone Everywhere (2012) is a bright and layered record that adds instrumental flourishes and enriched production to the standard guitar-bass-drums grind. Warm counterpoint vocals and harmonies ring across “The Future,” while the chugging, Weakerthans-ish single “Queen Mary II” rattles with nervous auxiliary rhythms, then bursts into a sunny and hopeful saxophone solo. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Download Everyone Everywhere’s “Queen Mary II”

Man oh man, I really wanted reply “Oh, it totally is!” But alas, the tweet you see above is not in fact my entire published review of Everyone Everywhere‘s new self-titled LP. That comes tomorrow, on the album’s release day, followed by an interview, as well as other odds and ends throughout the week. We’re featuring Everyone Everywhere in the first edition of UNLOCKED, The Key’s recurring spotlight on significant new releases from Philadelphia-based artists. If you don’t already know them, Everyone Everywhere is a rousing, infectious four-piece with sonic leanings in late 90s emo and indie rock, and their hard-touring work ethic and savvy self-promoting has gotten them written up in Forbes and allowed them to book a European tour for late summer. The new album broadens their sonic palette, and I’m excited to tell you more about it tomorrow. In the meantime, help yourself to an mp3 of listen to the album’s single “Queen Mary II” below. - thanks to the band, we’re making it available as an exclusive free download for the next 24 hours. (UPDATE: 24 hours is up! Enjoy the streaming song from Bandcamp.)

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Goodnight Lights hosts tonight’s XPN2 Philly Local Show, plays Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday

Philadelphia indie-rock five-piece Goodnight Lights will sit in as guest DJs on tonight’s installment of the XPN2 Philly Local show. The band is gearing up to release its latest full-length, As Far as the Moon, and will feature selections from the album in its DJ set, as well as a playlist of some of their favorite fellow South Jersey musicmakers like In Grenada and It’s A King Thing. We’ll also get the details on their album release show, happening this Saturday night, June 16, at Johnny Brenda’s.

Listen in at 88.5 HD-2 or XPN2.org during the 8 p.m. hour of tonight’s Philly Local Show to catch Goodnight Lights’ set; you can also tune in early to catch Pet Milk’s Key Studio Session during the 7:00 hour, and stick around for the 9:00 hour, when we’ll showcase new music from Young Gliss, Everyone Everywhere, Curly Castro and the BITBY Tape Club compilation.

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Listen to the new single from Philly emo foursome Everyone Everywhere

Philly emo foursome Everyone Everywhere today announced the release of its second self-titled LP, which comes out Aug. 7 on its own EER label. From the band’s Facebook announcement:

We decided to release this record ourselves as EER001. We wanted to do something new as a band, and the process of releasing a record was something we thought it would be good to be completely hands-on with. Releasing the record ourselves seems like a great opportunity, it allows us to have a little more ownership over the release, and it allows us to do some things we probably wouldn’t have been able to get away with if someone else were involved. This album is the result of two years of really personal work, and we wanted to keep it as close to home as we could until we were ready to share it with you. Removing a layer between you all and the four of us should make this whole thing more rewarding for us and hopefully you too! We like you a lot!

The album will be available for preorder in digital and vinyl formats from Everyone Everywhere’s bandcamp page in a few weeks. In the meantime, give a listen below to the first single, “$1,000,000,000″; it carries sweet tones of The Promise Ring and The Weakerthans.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Hurry

Out today in the self-release world of Bandcamp is the latest EP from Hurry, the dreamy noise pop / shoegaze project from Philly’s Matt Scottoline. He typically plays bass in the comparatively amped up pop punk band Everyone Everywhere, but that’s “amped” in terms of tempo and energy. There was plenty of pure volume filling the room when the live lineup of Hurry recorded its Key Studio Session. Joining Scottoline was Brendan McHugh of Everyone Everywhere on second guitar, and Rob DeCarlois of Univox on drums; I dig the raw immediacy they bring to Scottoline’s songs, which are deliciously lush and layered on the album. Download the session below, compare / contrast with Hurry’s music on Bandcamp, and keep an eye fixed on Facebook for news of their live appearances.

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Key Studio Sessions Sneak Preview: Hurry

Photo by Madeleine Lesperance

It began as the shy side pursuit of Everyone Everywhere bass player Matt Scottoline – a place for him to dig deeper into his love for jangley dreampop, from Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine all the way back to early LPs by The Cure. But over the course of the past six months and some, Hurry has grown into a real, functioning thing that gets out of the studio, plays live shows and releases LPs. The band’s latest is set to drop this Wednesday, along with its Key Studio Session, which we recorded last month. Below, you can grab a sneak preview of what you’ll hear – the twin-guitar fuzz number “Tonight.” And remember to check back to The Key this Wednesday, May 16 for the entire six-song session.

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Check out the debut LP from Hurry, playing Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday

When we last checked in with Everyone Everywhere bassist Matt Scottoline, he had just released a set of free music by what we thought was a one-off side project, Hurry. The lofty Slowdive-esque fuzz and whimsical arrangements of the EP instantly hooked us, and apparently, they had the same effect on Scottoline. Some sporadic demos and samplers later, Hurry is now streaming its debut full-length on Bandcamp and making its live debut opening for Slow Club at Johnny Brenda’s. Give the set a listen below, and catch the show this Wed. Feb. 15; Hurry goes on at 9 p.m. sharp.