Growing up in the 90s allows Everything Ever to blend the best elements from a myriad of genres into an engaging mix of fun and seriousness that fans cannot get enough of. John Trotta (vocals/bass) and Andrew Paladino (vocals/guitar) make music that forms the thoughts and emotions for a generation of music lovers who are not confined to genre class. Each song is unique, but stays true to the signature upbeat Everything Ever sound.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Before a show in New York, Everything Ever discovered they had been robbed. Over six thousand dollars of essential gear was stolen. With no instruments or amps, there would be no music. No gigs. It was a devastating blow, but Everything Ever applied the same dogged determination and strong work ethic they bring in making music to making the most of a bad situation. Crowdfunding was not an option. Trotta explains, “We got robbed, but we’re not like on the street. In the grand scheme of things, like people, we are okay.” They may have lost the tools of their trade, but no one was physically injured. Everything Ever was able to recover through a willingness to raise the money for new gear on their own. Immediately Trotta and Paladino discounted all their merch online and advertised it on social media. They quickly organized two benefit shows to raise money so they could buy new equipment. There is even a t-shirt, sporting a mug shot of the band, which declares Everything Ever has hit ‘rock bottom’ which has become a fan favorite. Although the robbery changed the artists, it did not defeat Everything Ever, as they hit the road again this year.
First impressions count. In writing songs for Everything Ever, Paladino tries to stay focused on the original idea behind the song. He said, “I think it’s really important for me to remember exactly what popped into my head when I first wrote it. That is going to be the heart and soul of the song.” He went on to say, “As long as you keep the fundamental principles- the meaning, the motivation, and the dynamics— they are the most important part. That’s why I write all the instruments at the same time, so that I am able to write how the mood of the song (progresses) as the tension builds and releases.” The songwriting process can be exacting, but the success Everything Ever found in conquering pre-production on their new album, Solid Ground, is one of their greatest achievements so far. It was a chance to learn more about crafting songs for Paladino who is determined to discover the how and why of songwriting.
We all have big ideas. Often getting through life means recognizing what holds you back. Lyrics from the first part of the song “Big Ideas” laments “The smallest imperfection keeps me up all night/So, here’s my confession/My fear of repetition borders on obsession.” It is a moment of clarity in realizing the point where the only thing in your way is … you. At first glance, the verses may seem rather dark, but the chorus brings a more upbeat tone, in the same way life balances the good with the bad.
The live performance of Everything Ever at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio, was all about high energy, lyric-driven tunes that are perfect for a night out with friends. The set featured music from Solid Ground, as well as a sneak preview of new songs. The music behind the lyrics is tight, played together like a single unit, which is the very strength they will bring to the studio. Due out in 2016, Everything Ever will be recording their next album live. No bits and pieces, just the musicians doing what they do best, all in one shot. Fans can expect the same excitement Everything Ever generates on stage each time they hit the ‘play’ button. I am looking forward to the next release with an in-person vibe because it is like having an Everything Ever live show, whenever I want it.