Fiction Act - Everywhere
By Benjamin Irons
Exalted single “Some Other Dude” pushed London outfit Everywhere onto the pop-rock pedestal of 2016, what with one million Spotify streams and a feature on BBC Introducing to help put their name in bold. The Stockholm-born trio first made themselves known back in 2013 when they travelled to the UK for their first international appearance at the NME Awards in East London, where they shared a stage with the likes of Django Django and Palma Violets, later supporting Kaiser Chiefs and even securing a headline slot at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. They’re success internationally soon attracted the interest of American music producer Mark Needham, who’s worked with acts such as The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and Bloc Party - amongst a host of others. Their latest EP Fiction Act sought a hefty, jet-lagged recording schedule as they distributed their time between London, Stockholm, and Los Angeles.
Kicking off proceedings, “Shades At Night” combines a pop-rock sentiment with a stadium sound of chugging acoustics in the verses, leading into a crescendo of reverberating vocals that embolden a ballad of piano keys and synthesised textures. It’s an inexpensive attempt at generating feel-good vibes and euphoria, with its catchy beat doing the lion’s share of the work, but I guess if you’re left tapping your feet then it’s done its job. The follow-up “Heroine” holds much the same appeal, but has more of a techno palette than the rockier makeup of the opening track, and as a result will appeal more to fans of MGMT and M83.
The EP’s more successful number “Some Other Dude” then channels a funkier composition of buoyant percussions and quirky guitar but, for me, its similarity to the aforementioned numbers makes it lack any legitimate substance to be a stand-out single for both the band and for pop-rock in general; it’s hip, and invites a dance like most of the records tracks, but nothing beyond that. “Let It Go” then departs from the instrumentation that made up the previous 3 tracks, and is more of a stripped back effort, which, personally, is one of the better efforts on this EP.
In summary, the make-up of Fiction Act’s track listing is one of cheap thrills and non-exclusive narratives of rejection and sensuality in the pursuit of love. Though it’s well produced, I can’t but feel that they could have pushed the boat out in the song writing and offer up some more distinctive melodies and hooks. But, generally, the records climactic moments, though easy-going, make for a pleasant listen in the wake of 2016’s more damning state of affairs.