Who? Spawned in the L.A. suburb of Silverlake, Everybody Else is a three-piece rock outfit that owes its namesake to a Kinks B-side. Composed of vocalist/guitarist Carrick Moore Gerety, drummer Mikey McCormack, and bassist Austin Williams, the feisty upstarts excel in crafting streamlined power pop with an assertive edge. Their eponymous debut, out April 3 via the Militia Group imprint, is steeped in jangly hooks reminiscent of fellow indie rockers Fountains of Wayne and the Gin Blossoms.
What’s the Deal? Featuring the production acumen of knob-tweaker Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Josh Kelley), Everybody Else is replete with catchy choruses, syncopated handclaps, and fuzzy guitar licks. It is against this layered sonic landscape that motifs of love lost and the anxiety of ever-fleeting childhood are set. Emotions gush forth from lyrical lamentations such as, “Moments ago it seems to me/That we were just kids in a memory” (In Memoriam) and “I miss the rain I miss the sun/When I’m at home I miss being gone” (The Longest Hour of My Life). Other highlights include the funky shoe-tapper “Makeup” and the facetious, yet charming, humor of “Rich Girls, Poor Girls.”
Fun Fact: Before starting Everybody Else, Carrick majored in animation at Harvard University. ELIE Z. PERLER
Now Hear This: Everybody Else – “Born to Do” DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web: Everybody Else at MySpace
Talk: Is Everybody Else just like everybody else?