Renowned for their visionary fusion of dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ style concepts with songs which blur the boundaries of experimentation and art-pop accessibility, Everything Everything announced the March 1st release of their seventh studio album Mountainhead. Introduced by the lead single Cold Reactor, the album sees the band continue to hurtle their creative adventures into new realms. It’s an approach that has resulted in five Ivor Novello and two Mercury Prize nominations, a run of five consecutive top ten albums, and major headline shows including London’s Alexandra Palace.

Mountainhead dives deeper into Everything Everything’s singular ability to examine the myriad ways in which future tech threatens to plummet humankind into a sinkhole of existential crisis and fractured societies – but as ever with music that provides a final clarion call of hope as darkness threatens to descend. This time the concept is the Mountainhead, an alternate society in which those at the bottom of society’s ladder are forced to work relentlessly to keep its elite, at the mountain’s peak, elevated. While it’s an idea that looks to a nightmarish future, it’s full of engaging metaphors for our current existence, from capitalism and environmentalism to religion and celebrity worship.

Front man Jonathan Higgs explains, “In another world, society has built an immense mountain. To make the mountain bigger, they must make the hole they live in deeper and deeper. All of society is built around the creation of the mountain, and a mountain religion dominates all thought. At the top of the mountain is rumoured to be a huge mirror that reflects endlessly recurring images of the self, and at the bottom of the pit is a giant golden snake that is the primal fear of all believers. A Mountainhead is one who believes the mountain must grow no matter the cost, and no matter how terrible it is to dwell in the great pit. The taller the mountain, the deeper the hole.”

The lead single Cold Reactor finds the band pushing their indie-pop heart to the further limits of abstraction, with gossamer vocal samples, a whirling galaxy of synths and breezy, left-of-centre melodies all part of its intoxicatingly off-kilter ambience. Lyrically it channels the growing futility of existence of those at the bottom of the mountain: not only for their thankless, all-consuming work but with their emotional expression powered by binary code.



Date Venue
Tue 26th SWG3 Galvanizers Glasgow
Wed 27th Stylus Leeds
Fri 29th New Century Hall Manchester
Sat 30th New Century Hall Manchester
Sun 31st De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill


Date Venue
Tue 2nd Cambridge Junction
Thu 4th Rock City Nottingham
Fri 5th Troxy London
Sat 6th The Marble Factory Bristol

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