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Everything Else is an unsigned American rock duo from Coon Rapids, Minnesota that formed in early 2010, consisting of Matt Morley and Sam Black. They are heavily inspired by rock groups of the 60's and 70's like The Beatles, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. It often sounds like more than two people because they sometimes record instruments at different times, as in "What Can't Be Seen". The lyrics of their songs cover a wide variety of topics, from love and hate to race relations and religion to pure nonsense. Their self-titled first album was released on November 1, 2011.

The line-up consists of:

  • Matthew Joseph Morley: Drums, vocals, keyboard, horns
  • Samuel Paul Black: Bass, guitar, vocals, keyboard, strings

Tropes related to Everything Else include:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Everything Else"
  • Album Title Drop: Averted in Everything Else, despite the fact that it's also the name of the song.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Matt. "Untitled", "Fool" and "What Can't Be Seen" are good examples of this.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Fool" exemplified by "Ms. Langenfeld's a fake, she ruined all the fun..."
  • Big Rock Ending: "Harassing the Conman" and "Everything Else" both feature an ending like this, in fact "Everything Else" features four of them.
  • Big Word Shout: "Religion Song (Put Away The Gun)"- WHY?!
  • Call Back: The reprise section of "Everything Else"
  • Careful with That Axe: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)" features an example in which Matt screams "Why?" after a quiet spoken bit.
  • Control Freak: Matt. But Sam puts up with it quite nicely.
  • Cover Version: Their covers of The Who's "Go To The Mirror, Boy" and Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
  • Darker and Edgier: Through the first album.
  • Day in the Life: "Harassing The Conman" tells the story of a day at Valley Fair in which a friend of the band has a run in with the law.
  • Echoing Acoustics: Most of the first album.
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: "Harassing the Conman", "The Enemies", "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)", "Untitled" and "Everything Else" all feature lengthy openers.
  • Epic Rocking: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)" and "Everything Else" both of which are over seven minutes.
  • Follow Your Heart: "If You Loved Her" "She will move on, don't be afraid, failure is better than not trying at all."
  • Four More Measures: "Everything Else" a multitude of times.
  • Grand Finale: The end of "Everything Else"
  • Last-Note Nightmare: The gunshot on "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)" and the ending of "Untitled", which has an ending more suited for an orchestral epic than an Anti-Love Song.
  • Lead Bassist: "The Enemies" and "Everything Else" have a bass lead.
  • Let's Duet: "Everything Else"
  • Long Title: "Religion Song (Put Away The Gun)"
  • Lyrical Dissonance: A large example in "The Enemies" "And we murder each other..."
  • Metal Scream: "What Can't Be Seen" right after the solo.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "The Enemies" and "Untitled" are both under three minutes.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Untitled" and "Everything Else".
  • Not Christian Rock: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)"
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ian Knutson, who only wrote 1/4 of "Religion Song (Put Away The Gun)".
  • Record Producer: Drummer Matt Morley
  • Refrain From Assuming: "Everything Else" features what would be a Title-Only Chorus, if "Stereotypical" were the name of the song.
  • Religion Rant Song: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)"
  • Reprise Medley: "Everything Else" features a section that reprises every song on the album.
  • Scatting: The end of "What Can't Be Seen" which features a scat version of the melody.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Most of the voices heard on "What Can't Be Seen" are just Matt's recorded at different times.
  • Self-Titled Album: "Everything Else"
  • Sequel Song: "Fool", is a sequel to "If You Loved Her", which turns "If You Loved Her" into a very different song lyrically.
  • Song Style Shift: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)" starts with a gentle string section, then goes to a church song, then to a rock song, then to spoken word, then back to the church song.
  • Spoken Word in Music: "Religion Song (Put Away the Gun)" right before the Careful with That Axe bit mentioned above.
  • Studio Chatter: "Harassing The Conman", "The Enemies" and "Fool" have exerts of it here and there.
  • Subliminal Seduction: "What Can't Be Seen" has the first few verses slower and backwards during the solo.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "If You Loved Her" which follows the Last-Note Nightmare of "Religion Song (Put Away The Gun)"
  • Title-Only Chorus: "Harassing the Conman"
  • Triumphant Reprise: "Everything Else" as noted above.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Some songs Matt sings, sometimes Sam sings, sometimes they both sing.
  • Wham! Line: In "Religion Song (Put Away The Gun)", the middle section sounds like a bigoted rant, claiming "There's no such thing as a Black Man/Asian/Woman/Christian/etc.", but it is all turned around by the line "Because we're all the same."
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "What Can't Be Seen" features "See the daughter, see the son and you're not the only one," and even Lampshades it by saying "You don't know what I mean."
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