Out this week through Unlabel is 'The Man Born From Inside Of A Horse', the debut album from Brighton's Everyone To The Anderson. Having already garnered support from bearded guru Huw Stephens, as well as BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, alongside supports shows for the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Rolo Tomassi, and Biffy Clyro, it looks like the band have all the chess pieces in play to take things to the next level. However as we all know you can't play chess without a board (you probably can, in the sand or something, but I digress), anyway their record needs to stand up to the hype or else they will look silly.
Kicking off with 'High Brow, Low Brow, No Eye Brow' (possible reference to 'High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive' by Pulled Apart By Horses? meh...) the band launch into their mathy guitar driven noise, with yelpy stop start vocals from Ben Gregory, supported by driven yet understated drums. Instant comparisons can be drawn with Foals ('Antidotes' era), and contemporaries such as Future Of The Left and Les Savy Fav. 'So You're Saying There's A Chance' carries on in much the same vain, with the track starting off with a throbbing bassline before being led by distorted and angular guitars. This time the vocals have more melody though, an interesting change up which helps break things up and build intrigue for the rest of the record.
With the album clocking in at just over 26 minutes, and with 11 tracks, there's certainly no time to relax with the majority of the songs being less than 3 minutes long. That makes the longer tracks such as 'Danzig High Flyer' and 'Lets Take This To Smithereens' really stand out, with the band allowing themselves the space to develop their ideas and hint at a more progressive nurtured sound for the future.
'Computermen', 'People Person', 'Face Like Centurion' and 'Knuckle Supper' in particular are all made for the band's live shows, containing the sort of riffs that just make you want to move awkwardly yet rhythmically. 'Hope In The Valley' is a nod to the doom metallers, whereas 'Wake When Some Vile Thing Is Near' shows a more brooding mellow melancholy side band similar to artists such as Zoo Kid.
This is a confident, direct, and assured debut record from a band who are always hinting that there is more to them than meets the eye. Check mate.
'The Man Born From Inside Of A Horse' is available right now through Unlabel, go get it. And say hello to Everyone To The Anderson.