Meet the half-brothers filtering modern society through an energetic mash-up of styles.
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It’s no coincidence that half-brothers Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby take a moment to reference The Streets’ era-defining A Grand Don’t Come For Free on last year’s Our Generation – an unabashed commentary on modern society and growing up in the otherwise unremarkable small towns surrounding London.
The track features on their debut EP, Cheer Up Charlie, a mesmerising introduction to the duo’s blend of punk attitude, garage and electronic sounds. Despite sharing little in common with Mike Skinner’s hip-hop infused project, Cheer Up Charlie presented Everyone You Know as a similarly socially conscious powerhouse.
It’s something that the pair have carried forward into 2019, releasing the evolved Look After Your Pennies – in part sacrificing the more overt drum and bass influences that underpinned the debut and placing their poetic lyricism firmly at the forefront. Opening number She Don’t Dance pairs its melancholic lyrics with a driving melody catchy enough to see it selected for the FIFA 20 soundtrack. This contemporary storytelling is perhaps never as powerful as on The Drive, a song that expertly blurs the boundaries between punk and hip-hop.
Inspired by their dad’s DJ past and growing up surrounded by music, Rhys and Harvey were introduced to rave, jungle and hip-hop from an early age. Everyone You Know is a collection of just that – a result of everything they’ve heard and everyone they… well… know. Lyrically they draw stories from the everyday, from the realities of struggling for work, of the 9-5, of relationships and of Britain’s pub culture.
Similarly to contemporaries such as slowthai and Dave, they pull together their social surroundings with a poignant commentary, elevated by a clear passion for the music underpinning their tales. It’s an exploration of what it is to be young in Britain, but one that isn’t shy of bringing a party vibe to the live stage.
More essential tracks
She Don’t Dance
Dance Like We Used To
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