DIY ap­proach gives Ev­er­more an edge

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

EV­ER­MORE have al­ways con­sid­ered them­selves a do-it-your­self kind of band.

Hume broth­ers Jon and Peter (pic­tured) and Dann (who has taken a break from tour­ing to spend time in the band’s co-owned stu­dio) formed the poprock out­fit in 1999 and have since main­tained a hand­son at­ti­tude to­wards mu­sic.

Peter made the band’s first film­clip and Jon has al­ways pro­duced Ev­er­more’s al­bums. As the mu­sic in­dus­try evolved, Jon says the trio started to re­lease their mu­sic in­de­pen­dently.

‘‘A lot of things have changed since we started the band as teenagers,’’ Jon says.

For starters, Face­book, In­sta­gram and iPods didn’t ex­ist in 1999, and peo­ple con­sumed mu­sic dif­fer­ently. But that hasn’t stopped the Hume broth­ers from em­brac­ing so­cial me­dia and the turn in tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘We have a new DIY film­clip that’s based around In­sta­gram,’’ Jon says.

‘‘It’s for our song Hey My Love. It’s a song about love and we wanted some­thing that would cap­ture its fun and sim­ple side. So we asked peo­ple to tag #heymylove on In­sta­gram im­ages of peo­ple and places they love. Then we’ve been col­lect­ing all those im­ages and we will use them in a se­ries of film­clips for the song.’’

The song is taken from Ev­er­more’s fifth al­bum, Fol­low The Sun, re­leased last year.

Jon says the new al­bum is ‘‘very up­beat and op­ti­mistic’’.

‘‘It’s got a dif­fer­ent flavour and en­ergy. It’s re­ally fun to play live,’’ he says.

‘‘The songs have evolved since we’ve been on the road. The al­bum has a lot of en­ergy. It is very rhyth­mic for us.’’

Sto­ry­telling is an im­por­tant part of Ev­er­more’s sound and Jon says he tries to re­flect his life in lyrics.

‘‘Mu­sic changes and evolves and re­flects what you go through in your life. If it didn’t do that it would be dis­hon­est,’’ he says.

‘‘Lyrics are about com­mu­ni­cat­ing. You put words to mu­sic and it makes words go to a place they couldn’t get to with­out mu­sic.

‘‘Some­times a line gels with tune. And when that hap­pens, it makes you feel some­thing. I don’t know where it comes from, but it res­onates.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR

Ev­er­more play The Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

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