It's the day after Austin's famed South by Southwest Music Festival, and the L.A.-based band Everybody Else is trekking through "Flatonia" or rural Texas hoping that it'll share a stage in Houston tonight with a band that seems to be enjoying itself.
"We just saw a show the other night where the vocals were just screaming," guitarist and vocalist Carrick Gerety says. "It was like watching some sort of sadistic, primitive ritual from some society where they mutilate themselves. There are so many musicians out there making music that is not very musical."
Everybody Else isn't looking to create music for people who go to shows in order to grimace and feel bad. The trio is more looking to create music for, you know, its namesake. The sound is undeniably pop and the guys in the band are quite proud of it.
"People like to trash-talk pop music because lots of people like it," says drummer Mikey McCormack. ""Pop' is just another word for good melody."
In other words: You don't have to bang a hammer against a steel shed in order to make new, creative music.
Everybody Else is throwing in its own contribution to pop goodness on April 3 with the release of a self-titled, full-length album through The Militia Group. And the members are promoting it the good old-fashioned way: touring in a van.
Their shows, they say, are just like their records.
"[Crowds are] going to be excited that it's like nothing else they've ever seen before," says bassist Austin Williams III, "but it's still familiar."
Everybody Else with Quietdrive, A Change of Pace, The Classic Crime and The Bleeding Alarm
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $10, all ages; visit ticketweb.com.