An Interview With Everything But The Everything
The latest from Everything But The Everything is a grungy romp on the beach with sufry guitar sounds, and some gorgeous vocal harmonies that fill the air and sway you into their world.
"Blue Sun" is absolutely danceable fun in the form of a rock song and it's got life and gusto that flows throughout the entire thing.
The track's warm feel is infectious as vocals are dripping with reverb, guitars are bright, and the whole song comes through colorful.
The single has a great vibe that shows presence and character.
Everything But The Everything is no stranger to dropping addictive and endlessly catchy rock songs but this time Olivia Blanchard has been brought in to give it its total shine. And that she does.
Blanchard worked with the band on this song and together they seemed to have clicked as it all has a natural energy and flow to it that really works.
"Blue Sun" portrays the best for both artists and it feels good to listen to.
It's excellent to see bands and artists collaborate and release such outstanding music these days and this is no exception. It all shows a certain freedom in pop music and where it has gone and is going.
So, with such an awesome release, we wanted to sit down with Everything But The Everything and talk about how this all came about.
TSWS: Okay so let's start with "Blue Sun". This track has so much life and youthful energy to it! Where did this song come from?
The song came out of nowhere. I wrote the bassline and attempted to write the guitar parts with a punk rock, Ramones-esqe vibe but my producer Rex Shelverton said there were too many eighth notes. After my several failed attempts writing the guitar parts, I asked for help and tapped my homie Jimmy Chen who came up with the beautifully layered guitar lines. Olivia Barchard heard the track and said she wanted to take in a Best Coast direction.
TSWS: I'm hearing surf undertones, and all sorts of fun styles in here. Who are your actual biggest musical influences?
I have such a wide range of influences that inevitably come up with each song. On this track I was feeling a little UB40, Fine Young Cannibals as well as Wavves and of course Wild Nothing which has been my favorite artist for the last couple of years.
TSWS: How did you guys hook up with Olivia for this track?
I've known Olivia for some time now via playing and promoting shows in San Francisco. Her latest project Moon Museum, recently released an EP. Once I heard her vocals soar over the tracks, I immediately thought to ask her if she would be interested in a collaboration. So I did. I sent her three tracks and what became Blue Sun was the one she selected. TSWS: How did this all start for you?
I got tired of the politics of being in a band and wanted to attempt to write my own songs. I figured, worse case scenario, the music would be terrible but at least playing consistently would keep me sharp and well rehearsed in case I had a change of heart.
TSWS: What's next for you as an artist?
Keep writing and putting out material. I've been reaching out to other vocalist and musicians alike. I want to keep the music fresh, continue getting better and to keep pushing the envelope.
TSWS: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Lately its been trying to work as many shifts as possible. Like many across the world, the pandemic has not being friendly to bank account or credit card use. I'm ready to win the lottery.
TSWS: Any advice you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Keep working on your music, your technique, your dream and be patient. Things take time. I remember when I had the idea to start this collaborative project. The song ideas weren't great and few people answered those collaboration inquiries. With time, practice and perseverance, the situation started to turn.
TSWS: Who are you listening to right now?
After watching the HBO Bee Gees documentary that was released a few month's ago, It's been nonstop Bee Gees. My girlfriend has had enough of my Bee Gee'ing up around the house.
TSWS: Will we see any music videos from you soon?
I hope so. I just need to save up some money and do some research for a music video producer. It's been on mind.
TSWS: How do you write your songs? Is it guitar chords or lyrics first? How does it work for you?
I'm a bass player first so everything starts on bass. My rule is if it's a fun bassline to play, then the song has potential. I will write out the entire song on bass then start to build with guitar or keys. Lately after the bassline is written I will send it off to my homie Andrew Gomez from NRVS LVRS to see if any of his Moog magic can be added and possibly inspire a new direction for the track.
TSWS: What kind of things inspire you to write?
The process of writing is fun and I look forward to it. Probably the same way some look forward to going to the gym, or a scenic bike ride or hitting the skatepark. I look forward to sitting in my tawdry little studio, turning on my drum machine, cracking open a Coors Light, closing my eyes and following that proverbial musical rabbit down whatever hole he leads me on.
TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you for taking a moment to checking out our little project and listening to our music.