It’s been a busy year for EVERYTHING EVERYTHING and their fans. Here’s our At The Border fan ‘rEEview’ of 2015 – we’ve tried to include all the major EE events but can’t mention every single thing or else we’ll be here until next Christmas! All photos are either mine or taken from the band’s Twitter unless otherwise credited. This is Part 1 and if you click HERE you can go straight to Part 2.
After a quiet 2014 for EE fans, things started getting interesting again in February when the band started posting lyric teasers on social media from their much anticipated ‘album 3’. This was the first teaser, posted on 5 February – we later found out that these were lyrics from Fortune 500!
Seven more teasers were posted plus an announcement that the first single from ‘album 3’, Distant Past, was going to be released on 17 February! Fans were delighted that they didn’t have long to wait until they could hear some new EE music.
The very next day, we found out the name of the new album, ‘Get To Heaven’ and its release date (which would end up being delayed by a week).
At around 7pm on 17 February, we got heard the new single Distant Past on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. The band also premièred the video for Distant Past that very same evening. The fan reaction on Twitter was mostly very positive – I think quite a few of us were surprised by the more ‘dance-y’ sound but quickly grew to love the track after a second listen!
That very same evening, the band announced that they would be playing four small-ish shows in April where tracks from the new album would be previewed: Exeter Phoenix, Tunbridge Wells Forum, London Oval Space and Manchester Academy 2.
A very lucky Exeter Phoenix audience were the first in the world to hear tracks from Get To Heaven on 7 April!
Thanks Exeter, hope u liked the new tunes, our pleasure to be playing them for the first time to you. X pic.twitter.com/wibZEXugB6
— EverythingEverything (@E_E_) April 7, 2015
The rest of EE’s fans didn’t have long to wait until they got to hear some new songs as the band did a Radio 1 session the next day where they played To The Blade, Distant Past and No Reptiles.
Sold out gigs in Tunbridge Wells, London & Manchester followed. Remarkably, thanks to the Radio 1 session, fans were already singing along to some of the new songs! The gigs also saw the debut of the new red stage uniforms:
Straight after the April gigs, the band announced they were going on their biggest ever UK Tour in November. The Irish dates were added during the summer.
Single 2, Regret, was announced on 27 April and the video released on 6 May:
Lots of amazing early reviews of Get To Heaven were appearing online and in print. This only increased anticipation of the release for fans!
The first of many festivals in 2015 was Liverpool Sound City on 22 May. The band also returned to their home city festival, Parklife, in early June:
Fans finally got their hands on Get To Heaven when it was released on 22 June (or a couple of days earlier if you were really lucky and lived outside the UK!) The release coincided with a few in-store performances in Manchester, London and Bristol where fans could get their new albums signed. Speaking for myself, it was an emotional experience listening to the studio versions of the tracks after first hearing them live in April. The production by Stuart Price was so vibrant and colourful, it matched the cover art perfectly! The album entered the UK Album Chart at number 7 after peaking at 2 mid-week.
Two incredible and emotional shows at Glastonbury at the end of June were a definite highlight of the year: