There was not a huge crowd at 8.45pm when Everywhere took the stage at Brixton Jamm. But that did not deter front man Max Berga from performing as if to the crowd at the sold out gig at the O2 just down the road, where the Kaiser Chiefs were performing their last show of the tour. If you had been at the NME after party at Brixton Jamm last saturday you would have seen this Swedish indie band playing alongside much talked about bands like Palma Violets and Django Django.
Upon hearing Everywhere’s recorded music before the show, I came to the conclusion that it was the music of an incredibly artistic songwriter and an indie band trying to break the mould a little and shake things up. Just watch the video for their single Soldier to see what I mean. Then it comes to the live gig and you wonder whether they will live up to this conclusion and whether that was what they were going for at all! I am pleased to say I was right, naturally! Max Berga is not only the front man but also the sole songwriter of Everywhere and it showed in how he commanded the stage and the attention of the audience. Although they are technically a band, it is quite obvious that Max is the driving force behind it as many times during the set he yelled to the band, I assume something along the lines of ‘keep the energy up!’. You might think that an indie band like this could turn a little in to garage rock when performing live but they are an incredibly tight band with no hint of basement band practices. Max took the lead when it came to crowd interaction, especially when he was complimented on his hair numerous times. “Thanks, it’s a perm”, he responded.
They are a great band of lads and speaking to front man Max about the origins of the band he mentioned that they have had many changes in the line up over the years. The current one is the best they have had yet according to Berga as they “have a real connection together”, which you can clearly see when they perform. Unfortunately their seven song set went by too quickly and they were given ‘the nod’ that their slot was nearly done. They looked like they were ready to continue for another thirty minutes but instead they ended on a couple of great tracks so people had something to remember them by. Eddie was the last song of their set and was the one that really stuck in my head. It was hook laden with group vocals that were easy to pick up after the first chorus, so much so that a group of French girls started dancing in front of the stage and were more than happy to join in with the singing. These same French girls would be seen wearing Everywhere band t-shirts later in the evening and loving every minute of it… as were the band!
The band have some exciting things lined up and I don’t doubt you will be seeing them on the same line up as some big named bands very soon.