Everymen are a five-piece hailing from Fort Worth; Florida, and when punks get together with instruments like violins, accordions and a mandolin in their arsenal, you know you’re in for something exciting. Or at least original.
This album begins with a flurry of melodies that coerce you into foot tapping and head nodding. It sounds as though Everymen aim to get anyone listening, bouncing and dancing as much as possible.
Opening track Shake Your Bones really is a tuneful song invoking memories of dancing and friendships, before flowing nicely into Dead Friends: this keeps the tempo going with fast rhythms and fun riffs. The album chills out a little, before a typical build up into more of the same with track three (Annihilation) which still somehow manages to slow enough to make the ending powerful and enjoyable.
How To Live is a little slower. A strong start is followed by a middle 8 that makes me unsure of where the song is going, and almost sounds a little out of place. Even though the melodies carry the song along, it starts to drag a bit by the time we reach the final chorus. So it’s good that Don’t Rain On My Parade opens with a bit of a different feel and draws me back in. Repetitive vocals lead us into the fast-paced jig this album is full of.
This would definitely suit fans of Gogol Bordello, but I can’t help but compare it to the likes of The Dropkick Murphys, especially with the vocals. This album is raw and honest, no fancy production. This really brings the tracks to life and helps build the atmosphere in some places: especially on track ten. It’s obvious that in a live performance the emotion and energy would be overwhelming, but on record the album can still feel a little flat every now and then.
Waking Up Hurts give us more of the same rhythms but some nice vocals that are fun to sing along with and would be well suited to a beer-fuelled show. It eventually slows down and brings in more vocals that sound perfect for end of gig shouting.
By this point I’m starting to waiver. This is a fun record with great riffs, playful melodies and enjoyable vocals, but as we get through tracks Time, M.B., and Taking Work Home, I’m wanting something different. Which is why it’s good they ended with Don’t Stay. The tenth (and last musical track) opens with a very diverse feel, and for a brief second I could almost be in a ballroom. Once the vocals slur over the song, I’m pulled back and really enjoy this diversity. The guys use this as a decent way to stray from the usual sound we have had for the last nine tracks and show a completely contrasting side, with a wider range of musical ability. It’s obvious to see why this track was a closer on the album, but it could have served nicely to break up the constant tempo and bring a bit of variety.
I know little of Florida but can imagine these five punk rockers playing this music on a humid evening as people drink, dance and sing. The album can be a little repetitive, but any one of these songs on their own are fun. Played live with this much enthusiasm, this album will serve as an excellent soundtrack. for an evening.