Their latest, a self-titled full length, is a fantastic blend of classic emo (the good stuff, like Promise Ring and Get Up Kids, not the whiny stuff that took down the whole genre) and ’90s college rock.
If the songs on this latest record are any indication, Everyone Everywhere will soon be going from a regional band with a growing following to a nationally-lauded indie rock band.
Bassist Matt Scottoline was nice enough to take some time recently to talk about the new record, staying on mom and dad’s health insurance for as long as legally possible and his dream of working with The Muppets.
Innocent Words: Are you all from Philly?
Scottoline: Brendan (Graham, drums), Brendan (McHugh, vocals/guitar), and I are all from West Chester, PA, and Tommy (Manson, guitar) is from Bensalem, PA. We’ve all lived in Philadelphia for about five years now. I mean, I guess that means we’re from here. But we’re not actually “from” here. But I guess really we are from Philadelphia. The houses that we currently live in are in Philadelphia. What a convoluted answer.
IW: You just put out your self-titled record on Tiny Engines Records. What can you tell me about the new album?
Scottoline: Well, I think the new album is pretty cool. I don’t know, it’s definitely an “evolution” from the A Lot of Weird People Standing Around 7-inch we did last year. The same vibe and musical style is maintained, but there’s just a lot more to it now. We took a really long time to write it and really fleshed out a lot of the songs before we recorded. There were a lot of songs we had been playing live for months prior to them being recorded. I think that helped a lot because it gave everyone a good chance to understand what was going on and generally get better at playing them. It’s important to be good at playing your songs. That’s a band pro-tip.
IW: Who did you record this one with?
Scottoline: We recorded the new album with Mike Bardzik at Second Story Sound Studios in West Chester, PA. Mike is an amazing engineer, and we’ve been working with him for years now. Brendan, Brendan and I have been in bands together since high school, and have been going to Mike since then. He also recorded our Weird People 7-inch and generally everything any of us has ever done. He’s very handsome and has a great personality. It’s been great, and he’s great, and I would assume we’ll most likely be recording with him again next time.
IW: How did the recording process go?
Scottoline: The general process was bass and drums were recorded together with us in the same room. And then after that we did the guitar overdubs and vocals. Then we added all the wacky percussion, clapping and group/backup vocal stuff. One of the coolest moments on the album is in “Tiny Boat” in the weird percussion break. There was a lot of weird live stuff there. I think its fun to listen to. Although I guess we may be the only ones who think its fun. Like an inside joke that isn’t funny.
IW: I have to ask, , what was the inspiration behind the song “Obama House, Fukui Prefecture”?
Scottoline: Well, lyrically I have no idea. I think it’s about houses or architecture. The name of the song is actually a town in Japan. That was Brendan’s choice. He likes that town name I guess. But now everyone thinks it’s about the President. We probably should have called it something different, huh? Oh well.
Scottoline: It’s hard to say, really. The four of us share a lot of common musical interests and bands we love (bands like Hey Mercedes, The Appleseed Cast, all the Chicago ’90s emo, Dinosaur Jr.) which of course have some influence on the type of music we make. Outside of that we all listen to such vastly different stuff. When we are writing songs it is completely collaborative and we all create our parts with our own musical knowledge in mind. I like to think we do something that is fairly unique, but I think that’s also a cliché. Literally everyone says that. Nickelback probably says that in every interview.
IW: Are you putting the record out on vinyl as well?
Scottoline: The record is actually coming out primarily on vinyl. There are going to be 500 copies (150 on off-white, and 350 on maroon). We’re doing iTunes, also. And I think we may be doing a small run of CDs, but that’s just kind of auxiliary. Vinyl is the main format and the one most people will be buying, I think. Assuming people buy it. They might. The vinyl comes with a download code too, so you don’t even really need the LP after you get it.
IW: What’s the tour plans for Everyone Everywhere?
Scottoline: We are doing a lot of weekend tours in the East Coast/Northeast region to try and support the album. It’s hard to do full tours right now because we don’t make any money being a band. We really just lose a lot of money. Which is totally fine, but we have to have jobs, and our jobs like us to be at them. So maybe if this new LP goes platinum we can start doing more big tours. I think we’d all love to do a big tour and go everywhere. It’s always a lot of fun. We just need to be adults and be fiscally responsible. Luckily health care reform was passed, so we can stay on our parents insurance until we’re 26 now. So at least we can stay healthy if we’re unemployed.
IW: What’s next for the band?
Scottoline: I think mainly we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, and hope that people like the new album. That’s really all you can do, right? We have a couple new songs ready too, and are most likely doing a 7-inch or two within the next year. I’m going to try and get a job. I was just thinking today I’d like to work for the Jim Henson Company. I’m not sure what I would do, because I don’t think I’m qualified to be a puppeteer, but maybe I could just help clean the Muppets. The Muppets just seem like a solid organization that I would really love to be a part of. If anyone from the Henson Company is reading this interview, please send me an e-mail.