Vocalist Charlie Drinkwater says about the song: “‘All Thing’ is a subversion of the Anglo Saxon word for parliament or meeting (Althing or Thing). It asks questions about the power of groupthink and ideas of nationhood that have become static, non-inclusive and singular.”
Where “Lifesize” bolstered TV Priest’s sound with more prominent electronics, “All Thing” goes the opposite way, stripping it back to the sparest song we’ve heard from them yet – by some distance. Even though the energy is low, and Drinkwater’s growl is reduced to a melancholic whisper, TV Priest’s intensity remains intact thanks to his pointed words and the swelling unhappiness in the song’s atmosphere, conjured by fidgeting cymbal taps.
Although we expect “All Thing” to explode at any moment, it doesn’t – it remains in its wistful, quietly seething mode throughout, almost as if the fire in their bellies has gone out – but we know that surely can’t be true. We’ll have to wait for album two to hear them relight the fire, but “All Thing” stands apart as one where we can really appreciate Drinkwater’s scenic detail and the band’s subtle interplay.