Everyone You Know hope new single Let a Little Light In gives fans a three minute distraction from life in lockdown.
The track is the duo’s first since the UK plunged into quarantine which replaced a summer of touring for FIFA and in dad-of-one, Rhys’ case – a lot of Toy Story.
It is not by accident, Harvey and Rhys tell Daily Star Online that Let a Little Light in sounds considerably happier than the likes of their 2019 hit ‘She Don’t Dance’.
Rhys said: “It’s been eight months since our last release so proper nice to have new music out.
“When we made it I don’t think me and Harv had seen each other for I don’t know however long, two and a half maybe three months or whatever.
“I think Let a little light in – it wasn’t easy for people going through lockdown and obviously it’s still difficult times now but the song sort of gives people three minutes of a bit of hope.
“Yeah it brings people out of the now and hopefully it’s a distraction of what people are going through now and give a bit of hope and more of an upbeat song.
“Those couple minutes you listen to the tune you forget about what’s going on now and you embrace the song and the mood it is.”
Harvey added: “Yeah 100% I think we wanted to sort of give people a little hope and lift their mood innit.”
You will struggle to pin EYK’s sound into one box such is their often moody and gritty sound which takes influences on hip hop, punk and the 90s rave scene.
As brothers in the industry it would be easy to compare the Everyone You Know to Oasis’ Noel and Liam Gallagher.
Fans however can rest easy, knowing their relationship is a lot less volatile and there are no signs of a band break-up.
Harvey said: “For me it’s like I look to them and be inspired by their music and the impact they’ve had on people but our relationship as brothers is not what their relationship is portrayed to be.
“I think musically they’re obviously very talented and have done very well for themselves and they have been an inspiration, they are an inspiration to us in terms of music definitely.”
Rhys added: “With us it’s love, it’s all love all the time.”
A supportive family behind them has certainly made chasing Rhys and Harvey’s dreams easier.
Rhys said: “I think they’re really proud of the fact that we decided to pursue a career in an industry that people don’t expect you to make anything of yourselves in.
“Think they’re also like, the fact we’ve done it together, I think they’re even more proud that we can take it head on together.”
Harvey added: “They backed us, as soon as we said we wanted to do this and what not they were like, ‘alright cool, make sure if you’re going to do it, you do it, don’t do it half heartedly’, so yeah we’re very lucky to have such a loving and supportive family, 100%.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic earlier this year, the pair have adjusted from interacting with fans at shows to over social media.
Keeping connected with their 70,000 strong YouTube subscribers has been important to Rhys and Harvey who have challenged fans to games of FIFA.
Harvey said: “Social media has been a blessing really, that’s how we’ve been able to stay in contact with fans.
“During the first couple months I guess of lockdown we were doing challenges just to keep people busy really give people stuff to do, stuff to tick them over. Social media has been a blessing in this time really.
“It’s just a bit of fun and something to break the day up a bit, when you’re sat indoors all day you need something to do, keep you engaged.”
When asked who they would have loved to have taken on as youngsters, the lads replied: “Beckham maybe? Becks? I’d have liked to have played a footballer at FIFA, Henry?
“Yeah Henry is a good shout. I’d like to have played Roy Keane as well because he would’ve got aggy. Someone like that.” Rhys added.
And of the current stars?
Rhys said: “I’d like to give Pogba a game you know, I think he’s be a good laugh. I’m a United fan as well I’d to like to give Pogba a game or someone like Mbappe the big hitters.”
Could Everyone You Know become the next big hit on video game streaming site Twitch?
Harvey said: “I was thinking about the other day, I think that would be good but I don’t know if I’m good enough to be streaming FIFA games just yet but it’s a good platform to use I think.
“I saw loads of people during lockdown hop on Twitch and stuff I definitely ain’t good enough.
“I’d be serious I could give people a run for their money on FIFA but these people on Fortnite, Call of Duty and that – I’m not up to par.”
Video games and making music have squeezed their way into Rhys’ life as a stay-at-home dad over the summer.
He said: “It was nice because I got to spend a lot of time where I would’ve been away touring and stuff.
“I got to spend that time at home with my daughter all day every day which was amazing because usually as parents you don’t get to spend that amount of time with your child and them going to pre school or school and you going to work so yeah it was wicked.”
Harvey was unable to see his niece for the first couple of months of lockdown but commented: “We made the best of a bad situation I think.”
Rhys, who lives with his partner and daughter in Bracknell, Berks, continued: “You know what, fortunately she’s not into Peppa Pig, she loves Disney and stuff so yeah there was a lot of Toy Story 4 and all that sort of stuff during lockdown which was cool so I don’t mind all them, they’re good.
“She was three in August and she’s just started pre school now, she’s got a little uniform- it’s jokes.”
One famous fan Everyone You Know fan is Top Boy star and former So Solid Crew rapper, Ashley Waters but neither Rhys or Harvey have a clue how it happened.
The actor who brought back the East London drama on Netflix last year with a little help from Canadian mega star Drake, is one of the duo’s 21,000 followers on Instagram.
Rhys said: “That was so random, he’s followed us for years i think maybe before we had any music out so I don’t know how that happened but it’s sick to have him yeah he’s a legend, legend.”
“An original, an OG,” Harvey added.
The musicians would not turn down an invite to join Ashley as cast on Top Boy and are open to the idea of acting if the timing was right.
“That would be sick. I don’t know, I’d always be up for a bit of acting you know, I’d be game for anything. I’d be game for whatever,” Rhys said.
“Yeah I like the idea of one day being in a film or a show, do a bit of acting and that.
“I think if the opportunity comes around at the right time and it feels right then then 100% I’d like to do it but obviously the music comes first.”
Everyone You Know’s single ‘Let a Little Light in’ is out now: https://smarturl.it/LetALittleLightIn