No frills, no nonsense; a lot of testosterone, a dash of vulnerability. That is what Everyone You Know are bringing to the sonic realm this year. “We played about with a few names, but this is the most relevant to our music. Our music is for real, everyday people. It’s for everyone you know,” the boys told Pentagon earlier this year.
After the success of their debut EP Cheer Up Charlie, released by Sony in 2018, the drop of their second EP, Look After Your Pennies, fast approaches. This next project binds together the myriad emotional states of Britain’s millennial men.
This week, Everyone You Know have released the audio and visual to ‘She Don’t Dance’, a staple song on the upcoming EP. Summing up the boys’ symbiotic working relationship, ‘She Don’t Dance’ opens with a central dichotomy between vocals and production. This is before the two merge into a heady climax of observational lamentation. “For me, with the production of this track, we had the R&B, Neo Soul-sounding guitar to start with. I didn’t wanna go down that route fully, I felt it needed a dark switch up. Then Rhys came in and changed the emotions again with his vocals,” Harvey tells Pentagon.
The video, also released this week, is a brilliant short film, highlighting all the emotions of the lyrics and sound. “For the video of ‘She Don’t Dance’ we wanted it to go a lot deeper than the title of the track. The word “dance” could represent anything but in our case we chose “dance” to be a metaphor for a young mother in an abusive relationship and the struggles young parents go through. We felt it was important that the video raised awareness around this as we feel it is a very sensitive subject that doesn’t get spoken about too often and should be seen as a bigger problem than what it is.”
You can check out the video here.
Quotations taken from Pentagon’s Spring/Summer 2019 issue.