ALBUM: You, Me And Everyone We Know – Some Things Don’t Wash Out

Release Date: October 12th, 2010
Label: Doghouse Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/youmeandeveryoneweknow

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It’s something of a mystery how You, Me And Everyone We Know managed to stay unsigned for four years after releasing two very well received EPs (‘Party For The Grown And Sexy’ and ‘So Young And Insane’), collaborating with Max Bemis of Say Anything, touring the US alongside Forgive Durden and The Color Fred, and all along with their recent headlining tour with Breathe Carolina and Stay. However, their current effort ‘Some Things Just Don’t Wash Out’ was released after signing to Doghouse, which has housed bands such as Mansions and Say Anything in the past.

‘Shock And Awe’ starts out with a bluesy riff, but then the track later congregates into a swarm of horns and backing vocals in the background whilst vocalist Ben Liebsch spits malice about different bands; “And up to this point I think we’ve been pretty cool / about losing tours to bands with only half of our pool” before ‘I’m Losing Weight For You’ starts; a short angst ridden song with a punk edge. The transition between the songs is an incredibly smooth change between two different songs of a comparable subject matter.

‘Bootstraps’, the first track lifted from the record, is a very buoyant song despite its gloomy undertones. Ben Liebsch mourns about his weight again, but this time in a very tongue-in-cheek way; “back to the couch where I’ll binge on Doritos / where I’ll grow so stagnant that I breed mosquitos”. This song is an ideal way to showcase the recurring themes of the album as well as presenting the band’s 60s pop inspired sound. ‘Some Things Don’t Wash Out’ catches its breathe on ‘The Next 20 Minutes’, which gives off a spacious atmosphere and sounds as if it were instinctively recorded in someone’s bathroom late one night. Liebsch‘s rich vocals are countered by short Dixieland inspired horn motifs.

Despite many listens, there are a couple songs that feel fall short of the mark that were set on the band’s first EP. It’s difficult to get into the unsophisticated chorus of ‘A Little Bit More’, or the general cheese of the closing song ‘Moon, Roll Me Away’, which by the end sees the entire band shouting “I know the flow / so I say; Moon, roll me away”. The instrumentation is just right but the lyrics as well as the harsh vocals kind of spoil the song as a whole. This album shows that they are growing from their familiars and developing upon their sound, as well as using vocalist Ben Liebsch‘s prolific nature to good effect in relation to their lyrics.

Written by Rhys Milsom