Post-hardcore quartet Everyday Sidekicks have unveiled their latest single ‘Glass House’, with an accompanying lyric video here. Vocalist Archie Hatfield reveals that the lyrics concern "not having a choice in losing someone close to you. It's a hard time for anyone and I really wanted to reflect on how I felt at the time and how I was coping with it.” But despite this and their aggressive edge, Everyday Sidekicks aren’t all doom and gloom, with Hatfield commenting that ultimately, “it’s uplifting and sounds huge live which is great for the crowd to move to and really get into it." Similarly, ‘Glass House’ is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Hope’ due for self-release on 31st March, with the band revealing that the feeling runs deep: “Hope to us is a hugely important factor in life. You constantly have obstacles thrown at you that you need to overcome, times change and sometimes it's not always good things that come your way. Without Hope for things to get better, life can get on top of you.”
Completed by Guitarist Tim Brown, Bassist Sam Hughes and Drummer Mat Capper, the post-hardcore crew are aware that their name may be puzzling: “Everyday Sidekicks has always been a strange name to people, but to us it’s just a representation of the little guy. We wanted our music to relate to everyone in some way and we feel everyone can relate to the Sidekick in a comic book: never quite being the hero but you’re always there when you are needed, standing by through thick and thin, no matter how tough the road ahead can get.” Forming from a shared bond of wanting to make music since childhood, the release of debut EP ‘The Things I’ve Seen’, led to slots supporting the likes of Marmozets, Slaves (UK) and Coldrain.
Recording their sophomore at Monnow Valley Studios with Tom Manning, has seen the band make a huge jump, with progression coming not only in songwriting ability but en masse, at least in part thanks to the sheer passion of their producer: “He pushed us to play better and really put in the effort, so that we feel now that a big part of our sound has actually come from working with him. He likes to make things a lot less over produced and more stripped back and raw, which we are really starting to dig in our sound.” Themeatically the band are attempting to avoid becoming ‘a one trick pony’ and so keep things diverse, with Hope spanning topics from heartbreak to the state of the world. Suppleness doesn’t end at the lyrics either – although they can be currently best typified as post-hardcore – the band reveal “our sound is a lot more flexible than most artists in our local scene and for our future releases, as we combine several different styles of music. We aim to create our own sound as much as possible, but you can always tell hints of our influences in our music, such as A Day To Remember and Beartooth. We like to think of ourselves as a blend of teeth gritting hardcore mixed with the pop punk roots that we all come from.” Whilst the pop punk influence may be subtle, at least at this stage, there is no denying the aggression and venom, despite the hopeful outlook.
1. Glass House
2. Bury Your Friends
5. Business Secrets Of The Pharaohs
EP ‘Hope’ is self-released by Everyday Sidekicks on 31st March. Pre-order: https://everydaysidekicks.
See Everyday Sidekicks Live:
March 11th - The Zoo, Manchester
March 31st - The Louisiana, Bristol (Release Show)
April 4th – France, Dunkerque - Bobble Café
5th April – France, Angers - T'es Rock Coco
6th April – Belgium, Namur - Le Temple
7th April – Switzerland, Zurich - Wallstreet Bar